Mayor's employers' support
5 April 2018 at 3:29pm
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.
5 April 2018 at 6:45pm
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.
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