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I Have an incoming Mayor whose current employers do not appear to be supportive either in flexibility or time off.
I believe that there is an obligation for employers to be supportive when an employee takes on the role.
Has anyone had this situation occur & if so how was it handled?
I wish to be as sensitive as possible whilst at the same time enlisting the employers support.
Many thanks
Penny

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Hi
Over more than 30 years, I worked with Mayors who received the whole range of support from their employers, from unhelpful to a year off on full pay.
Here is some guidance from the .gov website, which gives a clear steer that flexibility might be expected, but additional time off need not be paid.
https://www.gov.uk/time-off-work-public-duties
The requirement from the employer applies for any councillor, not just those who are elevated to Mayor.
If the employer is a small company it might be very difficult to cover absences, whilst larger employers might find positive PR in being flexible.
I am aware of a local authority chief executive having a discrete and diplomatic telephone conversation, with an HR rep at a councillors employer, to remind them of the obligation. It worked.
Is there some value in inviting the employer in for coffee and a discusiion about the role, the level of commitment and how the day job might work around the civic role for a year?

Hope this helps

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Very helpful, thanks Phil.

Re: Mayor's employers' support Link to this post

Very helpful, thanks Phil.

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