Covid-19 Public Inquiry: Everything you need to know following the Chair’s opening statement
The Chair of the UK Covid-19 Inquiry set out how the Inquiry is going to function, including the breakdown of its first three ‘modules’. Find out what each module, Core Participant status and the costs protocol mean in practice.
What to expect: Government consultation on proposals for the reform of fire and rescue services
A consultation exercise is underway covering a package of proposals for the reform of fire and rescue services. Find out how the proposed reform could affect you and what FRS can do to prepare for proposed changes to employment, leadership and governance.
Covid-19 Public Inquiry formally established and Terms of Reference finalised
On 28 June, the Prime Minister set the Terms of Reference of the UK Covid-19 Inquiry, which means that the Inquiry has been formally established under the Inquiries Act 2005. Find out the key changes, topics and next step for the Inquiry in our insight.
Chief Constable found liable for acts of discrimination by misconduct panels
The Court of Appeal held that the Chief Constable was liable for any disability discrimination by the statutory police misconduct panel that had determined disciplinary allegations against the claimant police officer.
COVID-19: Workforce FAQs
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose significant workforce issues for healthcare organisations regarding the services they provide and the risks to staff. Here we share our FAQs in relation to these policies and communications with staff generally.
Public procurement “how to” series: Episode 3 – The selection stage
In this episode Kay Day and Mary Mundy discuss the selection stage of the procurement procedure, including the purpose of selection questions, the importance of finance tests and the need for staff training and robust record keeping at this stage.
New Government guidance on public sector exit payments
The Government has published new guidance for public sector employers on the making of special severance payments.
Court of Appeal finds that the non-payment of an allowance to a female police officer during her maternity leave was not due to sex discrimination
In Commissioner of the City of London Police v Geldart, the Court of Appeal has held that a female police officer who was not paid the London allowance for the duration of her maternity leave did not suffer direct sex discrimination.
Chief Constable of Police not liable for acts of discrimination committed by the IOPC but liable for acts of discrimination by misconduct panels
In the case of Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary v Eckland, the Chief Constable was hold liable for any disability discrimination which determined disciplinary allegations against the claimant police officer.
Employment Tribunal finds that a disabled police officer had been harassed by ‘diet’ comments made in connection with her disability
An Employment Tribunal has upheld claims of disability discrimination, failure to make reasonable adjustments and harassment brought by Detective Constable Kerry Moth against the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police.
COVID-19 FAQs: The extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and furlough leave
The Government announced the launch of the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), where employers can “furlough” staff and HMRC will reimburse up to 80% of the employee’s wages, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.
Procurement Policy Note 01/21: Procurement in an emergency
PPN 01/21 reiterates the PPN issued at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic setting out the procurement options available to Contracting Authorities during an emergency—further highlighting the commercial risks inherent in direct awards without competition.