A statement from the Council’s Leadership Group:
The Council employs a number of relief staff to cover work ‘as and when required’. These staff are recognised within many services and schools as a valuable asset to the arrangements for covering fluctuating need and absence. They are employed to undertake this work without any mutuality of obligation for the employer to provide work and for the employee to undertake it.
As a result of the coronavirus crisis the Council’s Leadership Group recognise the contribution of staff who undertake this work on a regular basis make to the workforce, and wish to avoid hardship by making a payment to staff who rely solely on this type of work for their income from the Council.
Those members of staff that have other contracts of employment including permanent and fixed term (either full or part time) will continue to receive their normal pay for those contracts during this time.
This is a temporary arrangement to reflect the Council’s ongoing response to the Coronavirus situation. At present this arrangement does not have a defined end date however it will be kept under constant review as the situation continues to develop.
We recognise the contribution staff who undertake relief work on a regular basis make to the workforce and wish to avoid hardship as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Payments will be made if you meet the following criteria:
- that you undertook work under your relief contract between 01/12/2019 and 29/02/2020; and
- that you have no other permanent or fixed term contractual arrangement with the Council.
If you have not been offered any further work beyond Monday 23 March 2020, we will be asking your manager to determine whether you would have continued working were it not for the Coronavirus situation. If the response is yes you will be paid a weekly amount based on your average salary for the previous 12 months up to 31 March 2020. Only a weekly average of £5 or more will be paid.
If you receive a payment under this arrangement you must be available to work if required and you could be redeployed to alternative roles.