Six-month ban on re-hiring employees

Dumfries and Galloway Council is considering the introduction of a policy which would delay the rehiring of staff who had previously taken voluntary redundancy or retirement.

Hundreds of workers took the offer of an early leave with a financial severance package in recent years as part of cost-cutting measures, only to have been rehired a short time later.

Now the authority is talking about placing a restriction on workers returning to the “same or broadly similar work” so soon.

Statutory restrictions mean a worker cannot come back to a similar post within 28 days of leaving.

A six-month embargo would exclude casual or supply work.

A report to councillors said: “The council must seek to minimise any negative impact on public confidence when re-employing ex-employees who are already in receipt of early retirement pension benefits.”