Agenda and minutes

Employment Matters Appeals Panel
Friday, 8 February 2013 1.30pm

Venue: Meeting Room 2 - Level 3, Gun Wharf. View directions

Contact: Ellen Wright, Democratic Services Officer 

Items
No. Item

834.

Election of the Chairman

Minutes:

Councillor Carr was elected Chairman for the meeting. 

835.

Record of the meeting

To agree that the Chairman, in consultation with other members of the Employment Matters Appeals Panel, sign the minutes outside of the meeting.

Minutes:

It was agreed that the Chairman, in consultation with other Members of the Employment Matters Appeals Panel, sign the minutes outside of the meeting. 

836.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Councillor Paul Godwin. 

837.

Declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests

A member need only disclose at any meeting the existence of a disclosable pecuniary interest (DPI) in a matter to be considered at that meeting if that DPI has not been entered on the disclosable pecuniary interests register maintained by the Monitoring Officer.

 

A member disclosing a DPI at a meeting must thereafter notify the Monitoring Officer in writing of that interest within 28 days from the date of disclosure at the meeting.

 

A member may not participate in a discussion of or vote on any matter in which he or she has a DPI (both those already registered and those disclosed at the meeting) and must withdraw from the room during such discussion/vote.

 

Members may choose to voluntarily disclose a DPI at a meeting even if it is registered on the council’s register of disclosable pecuniary interests but there is no legal requirement to do so.

 

In line with the training provided to members by the Monitoring Officer members will also need to consider bias and pre-determination in certain circumstances and whether they have a conflict of interest or should otherwise leave the room for Code reasons.

Minutes:

Councillor Maple stated that he is a Member of GMB Trade Union. 

838.

Exclusion of the press and public pdf icon PDF 63 KB

This report summarises the content of agenda item 5, which, in the opinion of the proper officer, contains exempt information within one of the categories in Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972. It is a matter for the Committee to determine whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting during consideration of documents.

Minutes:

The Employment Matters Appeals Panel agreed that the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the exempt material relating to agenda item 6 (Matter for Decision) because consideration of these matters in public would disclose information falling within Paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, and, in all the circumstances of the case the Employment Matters Appeals Panel considered that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information.

839.

Matter of decision

Appeal against dismissal as detailed in the attached schedule. 

Minutes:

Discussion:

 

The Panel considered an appeal against dismissal. 

 

The Panel carefully considered all written documentation submitted and oral evidence given on the day and decided unanimously to uphold the management case set out in a letter dated 12 November 2012, with a slight amendment to the first ground of dismissal to reflect an attempt made at reporting the incident in question.

 

Decision: 

 

The Panel decided to uphold the original management decision to confirm the appellant’s dismissal.