Tuesday, 30 August 2016

North Lanarkshire Update

The current position in relation to backpay is that A4ES is in discussions with the Council over payment due for the period 1 April 2015 to 8 June 2016.

The aim is to make these payments by the end of September 2016 via individual offer letters to clients which will allow A4ES to check and verify the sums involved.

A firm date for this to happen has still to be agreed with NLC, but the Council officials involved seem confident that the end of September is perfectly achievable.

A4ES can certainly turn things around veryquickly, by way of individual offer letters, as soon as final agreement on the figures is reached.   

Any backpay due to NLC employees for the period 8 June to 25 August 2016 should already have been processed via the Council's payroll.

As soon as there is any further news and/or a firm date, I will share this information on the blog site.


NLC Update (29/08/16)

I've had lots of enquiries from readers in North Lanarkshire over the past few days on the subject of backpay.

Now I think it's fair to say that progress is being made and I expect to be able to say more tomorrow, after I've checked a couple of points.

In the meantime, those due backpay should have received monies on 25th August 2016 (via payroll) covering the period 8 June 2016 to 25 August 2016.


North Lanarkshire Update (09/08/16)

As regular readers know there has been some confusion over the payment of backpay arising from North Lanarkshire Council's late-running job evaluation (JE) review. 

What appears to be happening is that on 25 August 2016 any new rates of pay will come into effect and council employees will also receive any backpay they are due, but only for the period from 8 June to 25 August 2016.

The longer period when backpay may be due (from 1 April 2015 to 8 June 2016) will be processed via Action 4 Equality Scotland and HBJ Gateley Solicitors after all the figures have been carefully checked. 

Now quite why the Council is choosing to operate in this way is a mystery because it would seem more sensible to complete the whole exercise in one go instead of making two separate payments.

Presumably the 25 August payment will be made via the Council's payroll and will not therefore be subject to the same rigorous checking process as the one being made via A4ES and HBJ Gateley.

A4ES is pressing for the 1 April 2015 to 8 June 2016 payment to be processed as quickly as possible, given the length of time people have been waiting for this whole business to be resolved.