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GETTING YOUR RIGHTS AT WORK

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Today, Acas launched a new series of free leaflets outlining your ...
Today, Acas launched a new series of free leaflets outlining your

employment rights. From time off to equality discrimination, the

leaflets provide a simple explanation of your rights at work, and

signpost more detailed information. A new section on the Acas website

provides a similar service.

There are now over 100 rights for workers and these can often seem

overwhelming when trying to understand what you are and aren't

entitled to. The new Acas leaflets provide information on the main

areas:

* pay

* time off

* parents at work

* discipline, grievances and dismissal

* equality and discrimination

* information and consultation

* trade unions and representation

Acas chief executive John Taylor said:

'We all have rights at work, whatever our job but it can be confusing

for both employers and employees to understand what they are. Acas

has years of experience in providing practical up- to-date

information on employment issues. Our helpline receives 750,000 calls

a year, many from people wanting to find out about existing and new

employment rights. In 2003 the top three issues were holiday

entitlement, notice periods and sick pay.

'Our new range of leaflets and web facility provide information on

the key points people need to know. They group rights together so

customers have the full picture and show where to go for more

detailed explanation. If people need help on a particular issue they

can always ring our helpline on 08457 47 47 47.'

For copies of the Acas Rights at Work leaflets call Acas Publications

on 08702 42 90 90 or visit www.acas.org.uk.

Notes

1. Acas is an independent statutory body, not subject to direction

from any minister as to how it exercises its functions. It is

directed by a council consisting of the Acas chair and employer,

trade union and independent members. The Acas mission is to improve

organisations and working life through better employment relat ions.

2. DTI's website(www.dti.gov.uk/er) gives full explanation of

individual employment rights.

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