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
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
* 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.
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.