Toolkit for First Time Employers

An official Business Link online toolkit for first-time employers may well be of use to voluntary organisations just moving to engage their first staff member(s).  The five steps give some basic information and links for more.

Resources from Acas (employment relations body) - click on the links below

New! Gender Gap Pay Reporting
From April if you have 250 or more employees you must publish information, every year, showing how large the pay gap is between your male and female employees.  Even if you're smaller than 250 employees, it's good practice to take action to eliminate gender inequality in the workplace.
Gender Gap Guidance

Marriage and civil partnership discrimination guidance
Preventing discrimination at work is essential.  This guidance provides advice and guidance on marriage and civil partnership rights as part of the Equality Act. Download by clicking the links below.
Marriage and Civil Parntership Guide
Fact Sheet Marriage and Civil Partnerships

New to an HR role? -  covering areas that customers have said would be most helpful when they started in HR - disciplinary and grievance procedures; contracts and recruitment; employment law; absence management; developing policies 

Antenatal Leave - covering time off for antenatal appointments

Holiday pay - Updated following several court judgements

Payguide - Last year Acas dealt with over 13,000 employment tribunal claims related to pay

Promoting positive mental health at work - intended as a step-by-step guide for all organisations, it does say 'small firms may need to adapt the buidance to suit their specific needs'  

Employment Law Update timetable - some key upcoming changes to be aware of and prepare for.

Help for small firms - recruiting and managing employees and getting the best from your staff, includes links to further resources   

Acas Model Workplace - lets you check your people management approaches and HR policies and provides links to further resources and help, topics include managing change and pay and reward

Acas guidance on how to conduct workplace investigations - When considering how to handle a grievance, or potential disciplinary or dismissal situation, an appropriate investigation is essential before any decision can be taken.

Discipline and Grievances at Work

Bullying and Harrassment

Sex Discrimination in the Workplace
Did you know that sex discrimination is one of the most common types of discrimination at work and Acas receives over 7000 calls a year on the subject? They have launched a new guidance: key points for the workplace to help prevent sex discrimination at work and to provide guidance on how to handle complaints if they arise; obligations for employers; top ten myths.

New Workplace Representation E-learning
A free e-learning package to help employers find out when they are legally required to consult with workplace representatives, both union and non-union, and the benefits of working with reps.

Acas Useful Templates - Acas also provides useful templates to help with hiring, managing, and disciplining staff.

Employing Younger Workers Guide
New free guidance on employing younger workers which is aimed at anyone who is managing or supporting a younger worker.

A-Z of online employment relations guidance - our full listing of guidance and links to our publications which can be downloaded for free   

Acas Helpline Online - our online question and answer tool which provides advice on the issues employers ask about most