Falkirk Council Agenda - 12 March 2014, 09:30 Help

A meeting to be held at Council Chambers, Municipal Buildings at 09:30 on 12 March 2014.

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Members should declare any financial and non-financial interests they have in any item of business at the meeting, identifying the relevant agenda item and the nature of the interest.
(a)Minute of Special Meeting of Falkirk Council held on 9 December 2013;  View Papers
(b)Minute of Meeting of Falkirk Council held on 11 December 2013; View Papers
(c)Minute of Special Meeting of Falkirk Council held on 12 February 2014;  View Papers
(d)Minute of Special Meeting of Falkirk Council held on 12 February 2014;  View Papers
(e)Volume of Minutes - Volume 4 2013/2014; and (to view these papers contact Democractic Services on 0314 506119) View Papers
(f)Information Bulletin - Volume 4 2013/2014. (to view these papers contact Democractic Services on 0314 506119) View Papers

Questions submitted in accordance with Standing Orders.
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Report by the Chief Executive.
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Report by the Chief Governance Officer.
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Members' Conduct

Council affirms the following principles:-

" All Council employees are entitled to a safe working environment free from harassment and bullying and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

" This should apply whether the source of the bullying or harassment is another employee or a Councillor.

" Employees should have access to means of having a complaint of harassment or bullying by a councillor dealt with in an effective way

Council agrees that while the current Dignity at Work Policy applies to Councillors, in reality it does not make adequate provision for the action to be taken where a Councillor is found to have engaged in bullying or harassing behaviour or provide the necessary support for a manager asked to investigate the actions of a Councillor.

Council accordingly agrees that the Dignity at Work Policy should be reconsidered with a view to incorporating the following changes:

1. All complaints of bullying or harassment of an employee by a Councillor must be investigated by the Chief Officer of the Service of the employee making the complaint.

2. Where the outcome of the investigation is that bullying or harassing behaviour has taken place the outcome will be reported to Council.

3. Council will consider the appropriate action to be taken against the Councillor and, in particular whether a referral should be made to the Standards Commission.

Council requests the Chief Governance Officer and the Head of Human Resources to report to the next scheduled meeting of the Council with proposals for changes to the Policy to give effect to these changes.

Proposed by Councillors D Goldie and L Gow
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If so resolved in terms of Section 50A(4) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, exclude from the meeting the press and public for the following item of business on the ground that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 12 of Part 1 of Schedule 7A to the said Act.

Report by the Director of Development Services.
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