This report provides information on the HR response to COVID-19.
Members considered a report which outlined the key areas HR had responded to following the Covid-19 pandemic and explained the rationale for decisions made.
HR had responded at pace to a number of issues largely due to closure of services and a number of people unable to engage with their current work, or through health concerns associated with self-isolating or shielding. To ensure consistency, a consistent pay approach had been agreed across all contract types to help retain the workforce in preparation for either redeployment (where applicable) or recovery. This meant several policies had needed to be reviewed to support service delivery and employees.
In response to questions about the redeployment of staff and also virtual hearings, the Head of HR advised that any staff redeployed had been seconded to their new positions and the timing of when they would return to their substantive roles would depend on individual circumstances. So far, three remote hearings had taken place without any issues.
The Committee agreed to note the report.