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Part 5: The Council as employer

The Council should ensure that the Service complies with all relevant employment

legislation and that it employs suitably qualified staff - for example in key areas such as finance - who will discharge their responsibilities in accordance with the high standards expected. All staff should be familiar with the Service's corporate strategy including its main aims and objectives, and the internal management and control systems which relate to their work .

The Council should ensure that its Members and Acas staff have access to expert and suitable training opportunities which they may require in order to exercise their responsibilities effectively.

The Council should ensure that the Service's rules for the recruitment and management of employees provide for competitive appointment and advancement on merit on the basis of equal opportunity for all applicants and staff; and that Acas adopts rules of conduct for its staff which reflect the public service values set out in paragraph 3 above and management practices which will use resources in the most efficient and effective manner. In filling senior staff appointments, the Council should satisfy itself that an adequate fie ld of qualified candidates is considered, and should always consider the merits of full open competition. In recruiting external candidates, this should normally be used.

The Council has a responsibility to monitor the performance of the Chief Executive and senior staff. In the event that the terms and conditions of employment of the Chief Executive or other senior members of the staff include an entitlement to be considered for performance-related pay, and it is agreed that such payments should be assessed by Members, the Council should ensure that it has access to the information and advice required to make the necessary judgements.

Council should ensure that there are arrangements enabling staff members to raise concerns about propriety with a nominated person. These arrangements are set down in the Acas whistleblowers charter available on the Acas intranet. There should be safeguards to prevent conflicts of interest when members of staff leave.