Laura Sharman 18 August 2016

First county to back 'Dying to Work' campaign

Nottinghamshire has become the first county council to sign up to a new charter helping employees with terminal illnesses stay in their job.

TUC’s Dying to Work Voluntary Charter gives employees a ‘protected period’ in which they can not be dismissed from their role as a result of their terminal illness.

Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, cllr Alan Rhodes, said: ‘We are working closely with our recognised trades unions locally to build on our existing approach and to translate the principles of the charter into practical management guidance and support for employees. This will ensure that their personal choices regarding work are recognised and respected at this difficult time.’

Tyehimba Nosakhere, GMB organiser, said he was ‘proud’ that such a large authority had signed up to the charter.

He added: ‘Much of the charter was already in practice within this Authority, which indicates how advanced they have been and how important it is to ensure that fundamental principles for the protection of the loyal and committed staff who deliver the council’s services are enshrined within the policies and practices.’

Sandwell Council became the first authority to back the campaign in June.

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