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.


One third of businesses plan redundancies before Christmas

One in three firms are likely to make redundancies over the next three months, but many admit they are unaware...

Don’t rush to make redundancies, insist key industry bodies

24 Sep 2020

Employers must “exhaust all possible alternatives” before making redundancies, a joint statement from Acas, the Confederation of British Industry and...

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More employment tribunals to go virtual in raft of changes

17 Sep 2020

The government is relaxing the rules around employment tribunals to allow more hearings to be held online in an effort...

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‘All views my own’: Monitoring employees’ social media

18 Aug 2020

Social media has grown in use exponentially since Facebook was launched 16 years ago, and so has the risk to...

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Acas: Redundancy related enquiries surge 160%

5 Aug 2020

Conciliation service Acas has experienced a marked increase in calls to its helpline on the subject of redundancy during the...

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Demotion during post-pandemic restructuring

24 Jul 2020

Demoting employees as part of a restructuring programme may offer a more favourable alternative to redundancies, but employers need to...

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Investigations and Covid-19: employers need a pandemic-proof toolkit

27 May 2020

Employers are turning their attention to a host of novel HR issues coming over the horizon.

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Acas chief: Why kindness is key at times like these

19 May 2020

Acas chief executive Susan Clews outlines some of the key points from its new mental health guidance and highlights some...

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Former BT and Tesco HRD Clare Chapman named Acas chair

15 May 2020

Acas has appointed Clare Chapman, a member of the Low Pay Commission who formerly held senior HR roles at BT...

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Acas publishes coronavirus disciplinary and grievance guidance

6 May 2020

Employers need to consider whether it is fair or reasonable to conduct a disciplinary or grievance procedure while staff are...

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Staff face ‘temporary’ redundancies and reduced hours

13 Mar 2020

Airlines and manufacturers are having to lay-off staff but how easy is this, particularly as different rules and agreements govern relationships with employees in different countries.

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Acas publishes coronavirus advice for employers

19 Feb 2020

Acas has published advice for employers on dealing with the new coronavirus outbreak, including how to handle employees who have...

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SWR begins 27-day strike over role of guards

2 Dec 2019

South Western Railway (SWR) workers today began a 27-day strike – thought to be the longest in the history of...

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Sir Brendan Barber: Why we need conflict

8 Oct 2019

Could fairness at work be the Trojan horse that brings individual conflict management back into the board room? Acas chair Sir Brendan Barber explains.

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How to deal with an employment tribunal

4 Aug 2019

The employment tribunal is not something any employer particularly relishes. Omar Khalil provides some expert advice for HR professionals facing...

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