Staff Policies and Procedures

If you don’t find the information you are looking for, please contact the HR service desk.

People Strategy

Argyll and Bute Council People Strategy

Maternity, Paternity and Adoption

Maternity leave, paternity and adoption support leave procedures

Maternity procedures for local government employees

Maternity procedure for teachers

Adoption procedure for local government employees

Adoption procedure for teachers

Shared parental leave procedures for local government employees

Parental Bereavement Leave

Two week’s Parental Bereavement Leave is available for all for employees who have lost a pregnancy,  or a child up to the age of 18.  Information on the policy and how to apply is available below, together with details of support services which may be helpful.

Parental Bereavement Leave

Sickness, absence and leave

Details of our policies and procedures for Supporting Attendance at Work, including what to do if you are off sick, and support available to all staff, can be found in our Sickness and Absence sections –

Sickness and Absence

Managing sickness and absence – information for managers

Absence Line Procedure

Career breaks

Attendance in adverse weather conditions

For advice on annual leave and entitlement calculations please contact us at:

Normal opening hours for Council Offices are Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, except Public Holidays (see below for public holiday lists).

Please note that some offices/schools may have different opening hours or Public Holidays to those outlined in the attachments. Please contact the appropriate office/school for specific details.

School holidays can be found on the website in the school holidays section

Public Holiday Dates

Time off for dependants domestic emergencies procedure – This allows employees to take a short amount of unpaid time off – one or two days – during working hours, when it is reasonable for them to do so, in order to deal with ‘domestic incidents’.

2023/24 Pay Settlement 

The first part of the pay settlement was awarded on 9 November 2023. 

View the new pay scales.

If you receive Universal Credit, you may find this information useful.

Hybrid and Flexible Working

Read our policy and procedure, and find out how to submit a request to change the way you work:

Hybrid and Flexible Working

Protection of Vulnerable Groups

PVG Guidance

Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) Registration

This policy is for all employees requiring to register with the SSSC.

SSSC – Guidance on Registration, Continuous Professional Learning and Training

For all Council employees requiring Registration with SSSC – to be used in conjunction with the SSSC Registration Policy

Privacy Notice

Privacy notice – New contracts of employment (opens in a new tab)