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Acas launches new information and consultation health check

Tuesday 13 March 2007
National 

Acas, the employment relations service, today launched a new tool for businesses to check how they currently share information and consult with their employees.

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With 79% of workplaces now using face to face meetings, communicating to employees on a range of issues is key to business success.

From April 6, the information and consultation rules will extend to apply to all businesses with 100 - 149 employees. This means more employers must consult on issues such as strategic direction, job losses, health and safety or mergers.

The new word  Information and consultation health check [331kb] tool and further information on the new regulations are available at www.acas.org.uk/informationandconsultation. The health check takes employers through a range of questions to identify what types of information are shared with employees and through what channels. Users can also find out how their current consultation processes work.

Rita Donaghy, Acas Chair said:

'Those workplaces where communication is seen as key and views are valued have the best chances of making a success of their business. If everyone is kept up-to-date with developments and know what is required of them, employers can expect greater commitment, increased morale and better performance.

'Acas' new health check helps employers to see how well they currently inform and consult and where any changes should be made. Our website also provides a free e-learning step by step guide to implementing the regulations plus good practice guidance.'

Notes to editors

1. Acas' health check and e-learning are available from www.acas.org.uk Our Employee communications and consultation can also be viewed or a hard copy ordered from Acas publications on 08702 42 90 90 (£3.95 per copy).

2. The statistic used in this release is from the 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey.

3. Acas' aim is to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. It provides information, advice, training and a range of services working with employers and employees to prevent or resolve problems and improve performance. It is an independent statutory body governed by a Council consisting of the Acas Chair and employer, trade union and independent members.

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