This topic sets out the legal requirements, which affect local government employees in relation to discipline and grievance, including bullying and harassment, and covers the special arrangements required for senior employees, and those with certain protected roles.
Local government employers are required to follow due legal processes in relation to dealing with matters of discipline and grievance and are advised to ensure that they are in accordance with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) guidance. Disciplinary Procedures
There are however some very specific regulations (the Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England) Regulations 2001) covering deputy chief officers and above and certain protected posts. The Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) for Local Authority Chief Executives has adopted a model procedure and accompanying guidance for dealing with matters of discipline and grievances, which incorporates the new statutory process. Grievance Procedures: Local Authority Chief Executives
Local authorities are expected to ensure that discriminatory practices are identified and removed and non-discriminatory practices introduced in all areas. Section 4.2 of the National Agreement on Pay and Conditions of Service for local government employees, as approved by the National Joint Council for Local Government Services contains an equality and diversity guide, which is intended for use in all local authorities. The guide outlines key actions to reduce and prevent harassment and ensure a safe and non-threatening working environment. Dealing with Bullying and Harassment in Local Government