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Dennett House, 11 Middle Street
Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1SH

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Tel: 01823 270101                    
Email: info@swcouncils.gov.uk

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Training and Events

Many of our courses can be adapted for in-house delivery and can be specifically tailored to meet individual needs.

Sometimes due to reasons beyond our control a course has to be cancelled or postponed.  We will advise nominating officers and applicants immediately of such a decision.  Please note in exceptional circumstances we may have to make changes at short notice to the content (to reflect changes in legislation, current thinking or topical issues), timing, speakers and/or venue.

South West Councils, Dennett House, 11 Middle Street, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1SH, Learning and Transformation Administration Team: 01823 270101


The Council as Employer




This course is for delivery on an in-house basis. See content described below.


A 3 hour workshop examining the legal obligations and the role of the Council as an employer.



The Council’s role as an employer

  • The legal entity, delegation, liability


The Contract between employer and employee

  • Express terms/Incorporated terms/Implied terms
  • Common law duties
  • Statutory rights of employees
  • What the council can expect from its employees

The role of the Councillor

  • Confidentiality in all staffing matters
  • Recruitment and the recruitment process
  • Employment legislation
  • Appraisal and its purpose

An overview of key HR policies, including:

  • Grievance
  • Discipline
  • Capability
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