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How Acas shows Due Regard in decision making

The Duty requires us to think about the effect our decisions and the way we manage Acas may have on equality at the time we take these decisions, and then to take any appropriate action. This is what "due regard" for equality means in Acas

Mainstreaming due regard in Acas

Considering equality is something all employees of Acas do in their day to day work and all are trained to do this. In particular we have trained our senior managers in what due regard means and have a produced a guidance booklet for all our staff that sets out how managers and those making local decisions should account for equality in the decisions they take and how the deliver our services pdf  Acas managers guide to equality assessments [611kb].

Acas has three decision making bodies, these are:

  • Council
  • Board
  • Business Management Group (BMG)

More information about how these bodies fit into the structure of Acas and the types of decisions they make are described at Acas about us.

The Council, Board and BMG take decisions about Acas. Their remit covers organisational governance issues, Strategic issues and day to day delivery matters after consideration of a written paper or submission. In all cases we require the authors of these papers to have thought about the effect on equality and to describe what these are so our decisions can then take account of equality at the point at which we make those decisions.

We know that sometimes this might not be possible, where for example we have no information about the effect on equality in terms of the decision we want to take. In these cases, we will consider what ever information we have and make a decision subject to a review when more reliable information or evidence is available.

The files below show all the decisions taken by Acas at Council, Board and BMG meetings and our thoughts on Equality in each case throughout 2011: