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HR Policy Officer ¦Stevenage ¦£20.00PH ¦3-6 MONTHS¦

Job Purpose:


To work as a professional member of the Business Partnering and Policy Development Team, taking responsibility for researching, writing and publicising the Council’s employment policies, ensuring that all policies are up-to-date, that they comply with employment legislation, meet the business needs of the Council, and promote best employment practice.

 Alongside colleagues in the team, undertake professional HR work as necessary. In particular, provide employee relations advice to managers, manage a small employee relations caseload, advise at formal hearings and appeals, participate in job evaluation panels, and undertaking HR project work, as required.

 Main Duties and Responsibilities:

 1.  Manage the Council’s employment policy framework ensuring that all employment policies are up-to-date, that they comply with current employment legislation, meet the Council’s business needs, and that they promote best employment practice in respect of the Council’s staff.

 2.  Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of employment law as it relates to local government and ensure that any changes to the law are reflected in the Council’s employment policies.

 3.  Thoroughly research appropriate content for employment policies from a variety of sources including, for example, professional HR organisations, government websites, the Council’s on-line employment law encyclopaedia, other local authorities and employers, to ensure that the Council’s employment policies are of the highest quality.

 4.  Liaise with the Council’s legal department in respect of the development of new or revised employment policies to ensure these comply with employment legislation.

 5.  Liaise with HR colleagues in neighbouring Council’s in respect of HR policies, to take account of best practice examples.

 6.  Consult with internal stakeholders including the senior management team, departmental management teams and HR colleagues, with regard to the content of new and revised policies.

 7.  Consult with trade unions in respect of new or revised policies.

 8.  Ensure that the Council’s employment policies comply with equalities legislation and promote best practice in respect of equality and diversity.

 9.  Produce supporting information including frequently asked questions, guidance notes, template reports and letters etc. to compliment employment policies, as necessary.

 0. Work with the Council’s Communication Manager to ensure that new / revised policies are effectively communicated to managers and staff.

 11. Ensure that all policies and supporting information are published in an easily accessible, user-friendly format on the Council’s intranet.

 12.  Manage a small caseload of employee relations cases e.g. disciplinary, grievance, capability, redundancy, sickness absence, harassment and bullying etc. cases, as the need arises.

 13.  Provide professional HR advice to managers in respect of employee relations matters.

 14.  Provide professional HR advice at hearings and appeals, as required.

 15.  Act as a member of job evaluation panels, as necessary.

 6.  Undertake HR project work such as managing reorganisations, redundancy programmes, TUPE transfers etc., as necessary.

 17.  Work with the Council’s solicitors and legal advisors to prepare the Council’s response to Employment Tribunal cases.

 18.  Any other duties commensurate with the grade and responsibilities of the post.

Sound experience of developing a range of employment policies in the public sector, preferably in local government.   

Excellent up-to date knowledge of employment law and of how this applies in practice.  Ability to interpret developments in employment law and to translate these into straightforward user-friendly policies. Excellent research skills with the ability to assimilate and interpret information from a variety of sources.

 Ability to work productively with a wide variety of stakeholders including senior managers and line managers.

Ability to work effectively with HR colleagues to review and develop the content of policies.

Previous experience of trade union consultation.   Excellent understanding of employment equality issues and of how best practice in equality and diversity can be promoted by effective employment policies.

 Wide experience of employee relations casework including handling disciplinary, grievance, capability, redundancy, sickness absence, harassment and bullying cases etc.

 Wide experience of providing professional HR advice to managers on employee relations matters.   Experience of advising managers at hearings and appeals.

Sound experience of a range of HR project work such as managing reorganisations, redundancy programmes, TUPE transfers etc.

 Proficient in the use of word, PowerPoint and the intranet.   Superb written communication skills with the ability to write clearly and concisely, in plain English, to present complex information in an accessible format tailored to the needs of the audience.  

 Ability to communicate verbally with a wide range of stakeholders on policy and employee relations matters.

 Graduate membership of the CIPD.