The Chief Executive referred to the January Council Meeting when following a request from Councillor Gallagher, it was agreed that an update on the Emblems in the Workplace Policy would be presented to this Meeting. The Chief Executive invited the Lead Human Resources Officer to present a verbal report for Members’ information.
The Lead Human Resources Officer pointed out that as outlined in a report previously presented to Committee, a number of options had been recommended in relation to this issue which had subsequently been actioned. She continued that a draft policy had been developed in relation to the issue. She stated that the policy had been screened and subsequently forwarded to the Equality Commission and Council’s employment solicitors who were currently seeking the opinion of a Barrister. She concluded that the next steps would be considered upon receipt of advice and feedback from the Barrister.
Councillor Cooper pointed out that having received the views of the Equality Commission he understood that Council would proceed with its individual approach in regards to the Easter Lily and the Poppy.
In response to concerns expressed by Councillor Cooper at the delay in receiving the Barrister’s opinion, the Lead Legal Services Officer undertook to advise Members upon receipt of advice from Council’s external solicitors. He stated that no confirmation could be given until this advice had been received.