Conciliation service Acas to host workshop on implementing changes under Work and Families Act

Conciliation service Acas will host a workshop on 16 May on implementing changes under the Work 
and Families Act

The one-day event takes place at Jury’s Inn in Croydon, and will enable employers and staff to work through changes in the Act, which came into force last month. It will focus particularly on the right to request flexible working for those who have caring responsibilities.

The workshop follows research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, conducted last month, which found that employers expected difficulty coping with the introduction of new regulations.

According to Acas, about 1.6 million UK employees provide some kind of unpaid care. It will introduce a range of models for flexible working to help employers think through what could work best for them and their staff.

Steve Hodder, Acas’ regional director, said: “Whether you are a parent or you have caring responsibilities, you now have new rights so it is important to understand what this means in practice to avoid any confusion or misunderstandings. The workshops are designed for anyone in the workplace who feels the changes may have some impact on their working lives.”

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