Human Resources

4.0 Returning After Secondment End Date

Staff will normally return to their substantive role and on the same terms and conditions prior to the secondment.  The return date will be the next working day following the end date of the secondment period.

Any short term extension to the secondment will be agreed on a fixed term basis.  All secondments should be for a maximum of one year although may be extended in exceptional circumstances.  Any agreed extension should be agreed by all parties involved within six weeks of the agreement end date and authorised by the Director of HR.  Any extension should not exceed six months and will be confirmed in writing by HR. 

In the event a staff member is to continue in the seconded role in an open ended arrangement after 1 year, the seconded role will become their new substantive post.  They will forfeit their right to return to their original role.  HR will write and confirm this is their new substantive role.

The secondment should be evaluated by the line manager in relation to the original agreed objectives and how best to utilise any achievements to the benefit of either the individual or the College.  

If it is not possible for the staff member to return to their substantive role because:

  • their position has become redundant;
  •  their duties have changed as a result of business re-organisation;
  • there is a substantive business or occupational health reason.

the staff member will be consulted in accordance with the Redundancy Policy.

Where the staff member under notice of redundancy accepts an internal secondment, the offer will be made on the basis that the staff member will become redundant at the end of the secondment if they are covering a fixed term contract.  The Redundancy Policy and Procedure will apply and employees will be entitled to rights of individual consultation, be eligible for pay protection and continuous service rights will  accrue during the secondment period.  The originating substantive post department will be responsible for covering the redundancy costs. 

If a staff member deems their request to participate in a secondment arrangement is unreasonably withheld by their line manager, they may appeal the refusal to be offered the opportunity to apply for secondment through the grievance procedure.

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Postal address: Human Resources, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX