In this post, Guardian Support will look at how Acas can support employers and what you can gain from their services. Keep reading to find out what areas you can get advice on, how to use the available resources, and the training courses that we recommend to gain further knowledge on the subjects touched on below.
What is Acas?
Acas stands for Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service. It is a public body that aims to better organisations and working life through the promotion and facilitation of good work practices. This UK service spans all industries and supports both employers and employees.
The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service has many functions in the UK and is a crucial public service. Acas legal advice can help you settle disputes before they escalate and go to an employment tribunal. Acas HR advice can also help you to avoid tricky situations and can guide your organisation on best practices in many different human resources spheres.
Available Acas Guidance
On their official website, Acas offers advice and support for both employers and employees in the following areas:
- Pay and wages
- Holiday, sickness and leave
- Health and wellbeing
- Lay-offs and short-time working
- TUPE transfers
- Flexible working
- Employment contracts
- Working hours
- Job applications and hiring
- Dealing with problems at work
- Disciplinary and grievance procedures
- Maternity, paternity and adoption leave and pay
The above categories each have a number of sub-categories into which you can delve to find specific information for the particular issue that you are dealing with. Some will have sub-categories for employers and employees, and others will have situation-specific information.
For example, if you click on the Redundancy button, you will find further buttons for:
- Your rights during redundancy
- Managing staff redundancies: step by step
- Collective consultation for redundancy
- Managing redundancies related to a TUPE transfer
Whereas if you click on the button for TUPE transfers, you will find:
- Employees: your TUPE rights
- Employers: handling TUPE step by step
Simply follow the prompts for the topic you are interested in, and search for your particular enquiry or interest.
If you would like personalised advice and help with your business, you can also contact Guardian Support. Our HR professionals, law experts and talented trainers all have many years of experience in their respective fields.