Dear Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council,
In consonance with the legal rights afforded to me by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I am requesting information about disciplinary action undertaken by OMBC in their capacity as employers. It would be greatly appreciated if you would supply the following information for the full calendar year of 2019:
1) How many council employees were suspended for alleged gross misconduct?
2) Which council departments did the suspended staff work in?
(Please provide this information as a list. It does not need to be itemised for each separate case i.e. if two people were suspended from one department and one from another then just name the two departments.)
3) What were the allegations that resulted in the charge of gross misconduct being brought against them?
(Please provide this information as a list. It does not need to be itemised for each separate case i.e. if two people were suspended for sexual harassment and one for misusing council equipment then just state “sexual harassment” and “misusing council equipment”. Please do not send me a general list of example offences or the standard code of conduct document. I wish to know the specific allegations relating to this particular set of cases.)
4) How were the charges resolved (i.e. how many returned to work, how many were dismissed and how many left voluntarily through retirement or resignation)?
Please provide the minutes in digital form, such as PDF or a Word document, or as textual reply to this submission.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response.
Dear Sir/ Madam,
I acknowledge with thanks your request for information; this request has been considered as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
As such, your request may take up to 20 working days to be processed and has been passed on to an appropriate officer.
The Information Commissioner’s Office has recognised the unprecedented challenges all are facing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and that people may experience delays when making requests for information during the pandemic.
Please be aware that your response may not be complete in whole or in part. This is due to government wide measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Oldham Council is currently handling a large volume of business-critical work aimed towards the protection and safeguarding of residents during the COVID-19 outbreak, and as such the business area may not be able to respond to your request within the expected timeframe or provide full information for the completion of your request.
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Should you have any queries, please contact: [Oldham Council request email]
Information Management Team
Oldham OL1 1UL
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