Acas reveals new code of practice for union reps

HR
professionals have three months to comment on Acas’ new draft code of practice
for union representatives.

The
draft code, Time Off for Trade Union Duties and Activities, has been updated to
include legislative changes under this year’s Employment Act.

It
covers issues including time off for union representatives for learning,
training and to carry out union duties.

The
code is a vital tool for HR professionals and unions alike as it can be cited
as evidence in employment tribunals.

Rita
Donaghy, Acas chair, said: "The recognition of union learning
representatives is an important step forward in giving people access to
learning and skills through their workplaces.

"We
hope the guidance is clear and helps employers and unions to fully comply with
the new act."

Employers
have until 13 November to comment on the draft code, which can be accessed
through the Acas website www.acas.org.uk

By Paul Nelson

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