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John Taylor's response to The Daily Mail

Wednesday 29 November 2006

The following is a letter sent by John Taylor, Acas Chief Executive, to the Editor of The Daily Mail in response to their front page story ('Bah Humbug' 29/11/06) about Acas' Christmas party advice.

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Yesterday's front page story 'Bah humbug!' describes Acas as the 'politically correct brigade' targeting people's office Christmas parties.

Acas has been putting out the same office Christmas parties advice every year for many years now. It is based on the many thousands of calls we get from employers and employees asking precisely the kind of questions covered in our guidance.

The guidance is based on the law - rather than any 'politically correct' assumption your correspondent may choose to make about Acas - and highlights the risks people need to be aware of in order to meet their duty of care to each other. It is common sense that will help employers steer clear of the pitfalls that claim a regular stream of well-intentioned victims every year.

The message from Acas is - have fun, but do so responsibly. If you need confidential advice about this or any other employment relations issue, you can visit our website at or phone our help line on 08457 47 47 47.

I would like to wish your readers and office party-goers a very merry festive season. There is absolutely no need to cancel Christmas.

John Taylor

Chief Executive


Daily Mail 'Bah Humbug' 29/11/06

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