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Acas online to help businesses with Working Parents' Rights

Tuesday 11 October 2005

Acas today launched a free e-learning package to help employers deal with working parents' rights in the workplace.

Women make up almost half of the working population and many workers are also parents and have specific employment rights. Employers need to know what is expected of them and what they need to do to make sure they treat their staff fairly.

Acas' newest e-learning package helps employers get it right by providing a free step by step guide. The course covers topics such as:

* maternity rights and pay
* paternity leave and pay
* adoption leave and pay
* parental leave
* time off to help dependants and
* the right to request flexible working.

Acas' e-learning packages give employers the information and guidance they need to develop good employment relations. Using the packages, people can set up procedures to suit their own organisation or revisit the website at any time for practical advice and information when dealing with a real issue.

Rita Donaghy, Acas Chair, said;

'The course is ideal for those employers who have not had to deal with a working parents' issue before. If you have taken the time to recruit the best person for the job it makes good business sense to ensure they keep on working for you even if their circumstances change.

'Acas has over 30 years' experience of dealing with employment relations problems and the new online course provides brief, straightforward advice that helps prevent problems and deal with those that do arise.

'Our guidance is easy to understand and if followed should stop things from going wrong.'

Notes to editors

1. Acas aims 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.

2. The new e-learning package - sign-in to our e-learning site to view course.

3. Acas' helpline, 08457 47 47 47, answered over 790,000 calls on employment related matters in 2003/04.