Agenda and draft minutes

Dismissal, Appeals Committee
Tuesday, 29th October, 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Crompton Suite, Civic Centre, Oldham, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1NL. View directions

Contact: Sian Walter-Browne  4710

Items
No. Item

1.

Election of Chair

The Panel is asked to elect a Chair for the duration of the meeting.

Minutes:

Members were asked to elect a Chair for the duration of the meeting.

 

RESOLVED that Councillor Gloster be nominated Chair of the Panel for the duration of the meeting.

 

2.

Apologies For Absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence received.

3.

Urgent Business

Urgent business, if any, introduced by the Chair

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business received.

4.

Declarations of Interest

To Receive Declarations of Interest in any Contract or matter to be discussed at the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest received.

5.

Dismissal Appeal Procedure pdf icon PDF 16 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the Appeals procedure be noted.

 

6.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

That, in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they contain exempt information under paragraphs 1 and 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act, and it would not, on balance, be in the public interest to disclose the reports.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that, in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they contain exempt information under paragraphs 1 and 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act, and it would not, on balance, be in the public interest to disclose the reports.

 

7.

Exclusion Appeal

Minutes:

The Panel noted that the Appellant was unable to attend the hearing and was not represented. The Appellant had confirmed that she was content for the hearing to proceed and had sent written submissions.

 

A Human Resources Business Partner, who had taken no part in the original decision, was in attendance to advise the Panel on matters of policy and procedures. 

 

The Dismissing Officer, supported by the Human Resources Advisor, presented the case on behalf of the Authority. The Dismissing Officer called two witnesses.

 

The Panel asked questions of the Dismissing Officer and the witnesses.

 

The Dismissing Officer was given the opportunity to summarise her case.

 

At 2.55pm the Committee adjourned the meeting whilst deliberations took place regarding their decision.

 

The Panel was satisfied that that the Council’s policies and procedures had been followed correctly by the Dismissing Officer.

 

The Panel found that the relevant procedures had been followed. The level of sickness absence was unacceptable and the decision to dismiss was reasonable in all the circumstances.

 

RESOLVED by majority that, having carefully considered all the information presented by the Appellant and the Dismissing Officer, the appeal was dismissed.