Acas website terms and conditions

This page and any pages it links to explains Acas's terms of use. You must agree to these when using the Acas website (

Who we are

The Acas website is managed by Acas, a non-departmental public body largely funded by the Department for Business and Trade.

Acas will be referred to as 'we' or 'us' from now on in these terms and conditions.

Using the Acas website

You agree to use the Acas website only for lawful purposes. You must also use it in a way that does not affect the rights of, or restrict or stop the use and enjoyment of this site by anyone else.

We update the Acas website all the time. We can change or remove content at any time without notice.

Website services

You can use the Acas website to access online services, for example online learning, webinars, the Notify Acas service and subscribing to our newsletters.

These can be managed by Acas or an agency.

Linking to the Acas website

We welcome and encourage other websites to link to the Acas website.

You must contact us for permission if you want to either:

  • charge your website's users to click on a link to any page on
  • say your website is associated with or endorsed by

Linking from the Acas website

The Acas website links to websites that are managed by government departments and agencies, service providers or other organisations. We do not have any control over the content on these websites.

We're not responsible for:

  • the protection of any information you give to these websites
  • any loss or damage that may come from your use of these websites, or any other websites they link to

You agree to not include us in any claims or disputes that may come from using these websites.

You should read all terms and conditions, privacy policies and end-user licences for these websites before using them.

Using Acas website content

Most content on the Acas website is protected under Crown copyright and is published under the Open Government Licence (OGL).

You cannot use the Acas logo because it is trademarked and exempt from the Open Government Licence, except when it forms an integral part of a document or dataset.

You can reproduce content published on the Acas website under the Open Government Licence, as long as you follow the licence's conditions.

Contact us if you want to reproduce a piece of content but are not sure if it's covered by Crown copyright or the Open Government Licence.

We do not give any guarantees, conditions or warranties about the accuracy or completeness of any content used by these products. We're not liable for any loss or damage that may come using these products.

The most up to date version of our content will always be on the Acas website.


While we make every effort to keep the Acas website up to date, we do not provide any guarantees, conditions or warranties that the information will be:

  • current
  • secure
  • accurate
  • complete
  • free from bugs or viruses

We publish impartial information about employment issues on the Acas website. This does not replace independent legal advice. You should get professional or specialist advice before doing anything on the basis of the content.

We're not liable for any loss or damage that may come from using the Acas website. This includes:

  • any direct, indirect or consequential losses
  • any loss or damage caused by 'tort', including negligence (civil wrongs), breach of contract or otherwise
  • the use of and any websites that are linked to or from it
  • the inability to use and any websites that are linked to or from it

This applies if the loss or damage:

  • was foreseeable
  • arose in the normal course of things
  • was likely to happen

This includes but is not limited to the loss of your:

  • income or revenue
  • salary, benefits or other payments
  • business
  • profits or contracts
  • opportunity
  • anticipated savings
  • data
  • goodwill or reputation
  • tangible property
  • intangible property, including loss, corruption or damage to data or any computer system
  • wasted management or office time

We may still be liable for:

  • death or personal injury arising from our negligence
  • fraudulent misrepresentation
  • any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law

Requests to remove content

You can ask for content to be removed from the Acas website. We'll remove content:

  • to comply with data protection legislation covering the rights and freedoms of individuals
  • if it breaches copyright laws
  • if it contains sensitive personal data or material that may be considered obscene or defamatory

Contact us to ask for content to be removed. You’ll need to send us the URL – the link to the website page of the content – and explain why you think it should be removed. We'll reply to let you know whether we'll remove it.

We remove content at our discretion. You can still request information by emailing us at

Information about you and how you use the Acas website

We collect data as covered under our privacy policy and our cookie policy. By using the Acas website, you agree to us collecting this information and confirm that any data you provide is accurate.

Virus protection

We make every effort to check and test the Acas website for viruses at every stage of production.

You must make sure that the way you use the Acas website does not expose your computer or device to the risk of viruses, malicious computer code or other forms of attack that can damage it.

We're not responsible for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or device that might happen when you use the Acas website.

Viruses, hacking and other offences

When using the Acas website, you must not introduce any material that’s malicious or technologically harmful, including:

  • viruses
  • trojans
  • worms
  • logic bombs

You must not try to gain unauthorised access to:

  • the Acas website
  • the server on which it’s stored
  • any server, computer or database connected to it

You must not attack the Acas website in any way. This includes denial-of-service attacks.

If you attack or attempt to gain unauthorised access to the Acas website we'll report it to the relevant law enforcement authorities. We will share information about you with them.

Governing law

These terms and conditions are governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.

Any disagreement you have with these terms and conditions, or your use of the Acas website, whether it be contractual or non-contractual, will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.


There may be legal notices elsewhere on the Acas website that relate to how you use the site.

We're not liable if we fail to comply with these terms and conditions because of circumstances beyond our reasonable control.

We might decide not to exercise or enforce any right available to us under these terms and conditions. We can always decide to exercise or enforce that right at a later date.

Doing this once will not mean we automatically waive the right on any other occasion.

If any of these terms and conditions are held to be invalid, unenforceable or illegal for any reason, the remaining terms and conditions will still apply.

Changes to these terms and conditions

You should check these terms and conditions regularly. We can update them at any time without notice.

You'll agree to any changes if you continue to use the Acas website after the terms and conditions have been updated.

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