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FOI 8951

Staff Relationships

Request

1) Under the Freedom of Information Act please can you tell me if employees are requested to inform a line manager or any other official in their department if and when they have a romantic relationship with any colleague who works in the same department.

2) Can you provide the form of words in the code of conduct that covers this requirement.

3) Can you provide the latest code of conduct for staff members.

4) How many staff members in 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 have informed managers they are having a romantic relationship, regardless of whether it is still continuing.

Response

1) Under the Freedom of Information Act please can you tell me if employees are requested to inform a line manager or any other official in their department if and when they have a romantic relationship with any colleague who works in the same department.

Response: Embedded within the Code of Conduct is the following statement

Other Employment Matters

13.4 Employees should not be involved in decisions relating to discipline, promotion or pay adjustments for any employee who is a relative, partner or is someone with whom they have a close personal relationship.

There is no clear instruction other than that above for staff to inform their line manager of any relationships unless of course they are applying for a job with the Council when the potential candidate has to declare any such relationship.

2) Can you provide the form of words in the code of conduct that covers this requirement.

Response: Please see response to (1) above

3) Can you provide the latest code of conduct for staff members.

Response: Sent as attachment

4) How many staff members in 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 have informed managers they are having a romantic relationship, regardless of whether it is still continuing.

Response: Zero