Acas - helping you prepare for the months ahead

Please see the latest bulletin from Acas.

Advice and resources that can help you prepare and plan for the months ahead:

Checking holiday entitlement - includes calculating holiday pay, bank holiday and Christmas leave advice
Managing absence at work - Acas training for employers
Flexible working policy template - outlines areas to include in a policy and how to handle requests.
View our full range of free to download templates, letters and forms
Working from home - updated advice which includes how employers can support employees experiencing domestic abuse. Also read the recent article written by Acas Policy Adviser Simone Cheng which explores this topic further:
Domestic abuse: a workplace issue
The Acas training course is also available: How to manage homeworkers
Also listen to our podcast: In-touch or disconnected? - Managing homeworkers well
And read our recent blog: Starting a new job remotely during lockdown
Supporting mental health in the workplace - advice and resources
Training sessions are available for employers, see: Managing employee mental health
We also have places available for our free mental health at work webinar on 10 December. Register your place online
Guidance for the Christmas period
- advice from Cabinet office and links to resources on gov.uk. Includes guidance on going to work and travel
Dealing with workplace problems - outlining Acas guidance and resources available

Remember you can also get in touch with an Acas adviser to talk through any issues your organisation is facing. Contact us via our online enquiry form

Also visit our Acas business support page which includes details of advice, support and services available. And our schedule of upcoming Employment Law Update training sessions which can help you and your colleagues stay up to date.

Recruiting people from outside the UK
Links to Home Office information on the UK points-based immigration system and information for employers on sponsoring workers from the EU:
Recruiting people from outside the UK
Further information on gov.uk
Right to work guidance for employers
Podcast: Business and the future of immigration in 2021

Some changes to our early conciliation process - coming into effect from December 1
From 1 December all early conciliation cases will have a 6 week period for conciliation (rather than the existing one month, plus a discretionary two week extension). Additionally, a conciliator may now contact the parties to correct errors on the notification form at any point during the early conciliation period, which will save time, reduce extra administration and help us to resolve disputes more quickly. For more details on our service, including these recent updates visit our website

Full details of the legislation
New: Managing staff redundancies - step by step

View our new online advice which includes:
Step 1: Decide whether redundancies are needed
Step 2: Hold redundancy consultations
Step 3: Select employees for redundancy
Step 4: Give employees notice of redundancy
Step 5: Work out redundancy pay
Step 6: Support your staff and plan for the future
View step by step guide
Also see:   Redundancy process map    Acas redundancy training for employers

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