Acas

Acas stands for Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service. The aim of Acas is to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. They help with employment relations by supplying up-to-date information, independent advice and high quality training, and working with employers and employees to solve problems and improve performance.
 
Although largely funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Acas is a non-departmental body, governed by an independent Council. This allows them to be independent, impartial and confidential.


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No growth in Acas early conciliation notifications

The number of early conciliation notifications has levelled off according to Acas, which has published its 2016/17 annual report.
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Good work or bad? Reaction to the Taylor Review

11 Jul 2017

Any much-anticipated report is likely to divide opinion, and the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices is no different. Rob...

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Workers confused and concerned about employment status, claims Acas

7 Jul 2017

Many “gig economy” workers are confused about employment status and fear that raising concerns about it could affect their job...

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Labour manifesto 2017: what employers need to know

17 May 2017

The Labour Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes some of the most radical changes to employment legislation...

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Government to publish workplace dress code guidance following high heels petition

21 Apr 2017

New guidance on workplace dress codes will be published by the Government, but

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Acas updates its guidance to reflect gig economy developments

28 Feb 2017

Conciliation service Acas has issued new guidance to help employers understand gig economy working, on the back of the ongoing...

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Government review: “No conclusive evidence” that fees prevented tribunal claims

1 Feb 2017

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published its review of the controversial introduction of employment tribunal fees.
It concluded that,...

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Acas and Government publish gender pay gap guide

30 Jan 2017

Acas and the Government Equalities Office have published guidance on how businesses can calculate and report their gender pay gap....

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National Dyslexia Week: time for employers to celebrate neurodiversity at work

6 Oct 2016

To coincide with National Dyslexia Week, Acas has published research on policies and practices which can help staff with neurological...

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Early conciliation “no substitute” for effective employment tribunals

4 Oct 2016

XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman maintains that the Acas early conciliation service provides no real substitute for dealing with claims...

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Nine in 10 collective conciliation agreements are put in place

11 Aug 2016

More than nine in 10 collective agreements met through Acas conciliation were fully implemented in the workplace, the advice service...

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Disputed junior doctors’ contract to be phased in

7 Jul 2016

The Department of Health has said it will phase in the new contract for junior doctors from October, despite doctors’...

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MPs recommend substantial cut to employment tribunal fees

20 Jun 2016

A committee of MPs has concluded that the introduction of employment tribunal fees has had a “significant adverse impact” on...

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Seven out of 10 tribunals avoided through early conciliation

23 May 2016

Early conciliation has helped to avoid seven out of 10 potential employment tribunal hearings, Acas has found.
The workplace conciliation...

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Workplace bullying: Acas publishes analysis of helpline calls

16 Nov 2015

An Acas study has revealed that workplace bullying is becoming more common across the UK and many employees are too afraid to speak up.

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