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Flexible working framework

We are committed to making sure our services are delivered in the most efficient and customer-focused way, while providing opportunities for employees to work more flexibly. We recognise that flexible working offers real benefits in support of our workforce and in the delivery of effective, efficient and value for money services.

Flexible working options provide the opportunity for flexibility in relation to the time you are required to work your contracted hours, and the number of hours you work, subject to the requirements of individual jobs and services.

Adoption pay and leave policy and procedure

Employees are entitled to take adoption leave of up to 52 weeks. The salary during adoption leave will be dependent on the qualifying period and set criteria.

Adoption pay and leave policy and procedure (F2)
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Career breaks

We are eager to support extended breaks from work in the interest of retaining the valuable skills and knowledge of our staff in the longer term.

Career break policy (E17)
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Compressed working hours

Compressed working hours give employees on full-time contracts the opportunity to work their contracted hours over less days than a standard working week. The policy allows for a '9-day fortnight'. Not all posts will be suitable for compressed working hours. Requests should be submitted to your manager for consideration under this policy, taking account of the needs of the service.

Compressed working hours policy (E3c)
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Flexible retirement policy

Employees who are members of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) and aged 55 or over are eligible to request to take flexible retirement and access their pension, by reducing their hours or a taking a lower grade. The pension payable may be subject to actuarial reduction.

Flexible retirement policy (M2)
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Flexi-time policy and procedure

Flexi-time allows employees a degree of choice when they work their contracted hours. With prior agreement by their manager, staff can vary their start and finish times, within a set time of 7.30am to 6pm. This will be in line with the requirements of the service and may not be appropriate for all service areas.

Flexi-time policy and procedure (E14)
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Fostering leave policy

Employees are able to take up to 3 paid days leave in a 12-month period to attend assessment and training prior to being approved as a foster carer. Up to 1 further paid day will be provided to attend a fostering panel. This will be pro-rata for part-time employees.

Fostering leave policy (F6)
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Job share policy and procedure

Job sharing is a contractual arrangement, with a working pattern where 2 or more people share the responsibilities and benefits of a full-time position. Not all posts will be suitable for job sharing. Any request to job share will be considered carefully by your manager in line with the needs of the service, and may also be dependent on the council being able to fill the remaining hours of the post.

Job share policy (E3a)
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Maternity pay and leave policy and procedure

Employees are entitled to take maternity leave up to 52 weeks. The salary during maternity leave will be dependent on qualifying period and set criteria.

Maternity pay and leave policy and procedure (F1)
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Ordinary parental leave policy and procedure

Employees with responsibility for the upbringing of a child are entitled to take up to 18 weeks unpaid leave for the purpose of caring for the child, dependent on qualifying service. Leave is to be taken in 1 week blocks, unless the child is disabled where individual days can be taken.

Ordinary parental leave policy (F4)
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Part-time working

Part-time work is when an employee works less hours per week than a standard full-time contract. Requests to reduce working hours from full-time to part-time should be made under the right to request flexible working policy and procedure. Requests will be considered carefully, taking account of the needs of the service.

Right to request flexible working policy and procedure (E3)
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Paternity leave policy and procedure

Employees can take up to 2 weeks paternity leave, subject to a minimum of 26 weeks service at the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth (EWC). For adoption, this is 26 weeks by the end of the week of formal notification of match to a child. Leave must be taken in 1 week blocks, individual days cannot be taken. This will be paid at full pay for 1 week and statutory pay for the second week.

Paternity leave policy and procedure (F3)
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Reservists guidelines

Employees who are armed forces reservists may take up to 10 days paid leave (unpaid thereafter) to fulfil reservist duties.

Time off for public duties policy and procedure (E6)
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Right to request time off for study or training procedure

Employees are able to request time off to attend training, and this may be unpaid and is limited to one request in a 12-month period.

Right to request time off for training or study (P4)
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Shared parental leave policy and procedure

Employees are entitled to shared parental leave, subject to qualifying service of 26 weeks at the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth (EWC) or matching date, at statutory pay, and is dependent on set criteria (such as primary mother or adopter reducing their leave).

Shared parental leave policy and procedure (F5)
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Special leave policy and procedure

All employees are entitled to special leave, irrespective of length of service, up to 1 working week (pro-rata) with pay and up to 3 days (pro-rata) without pay, in a 12 month period, to deal with personal issues at short notice or emergency situations which they could not reasonably have been expected to plan for.

Special leave policy and procedure (E4)
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Term-time working guidelines

Term-time working is when an employee works during school term times and does not work during school holidays. The employee receives a pro-rata salary, but this is paid all year round in equal installments. Not all posts will be suitable for term time only working. Any request to change from a whole year contract to a term-time only contract should be made under the right to request flexible working policy and procedure. This will be considered carefully by your manager in line with the needs of the service.

Term time working guidelines (E13) Right to request flexible working policy and procedure (E3)
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Time off for public duties policy and procedure

Employees are able to request time off to fulfil public duties, this must be reasonable and with consideration for the needs of the service. The reason will determine if it is paid or unpaid. Requests for time off should be made at least 1 month in advance using the form attached to the policy at appendix b.

Time off for public duties policy and procedure (E6)
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Variation in hours

A variation in hours gives employees the opportunity to request an increase or decrease to the total number of hours they work on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. This can be requested as a permanent arrangement under the right to request flexible working policy and procedure. A more informal temporary arrangement may also be discussed and agreed between the employee and the manager. All requests will be considered in line with the needs of the service.

Right to request flexible working policy and procedure (E3)
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