Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article A pilot scheme to help small companies deal with employment law problems hasbeen launched by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas). Acas will offer free, simple, practical and confidential advice to small companies(those with less than 50 staff) and their employees. Acas chairwoman Rita Donaghy, said: “Many small businesses are worriedthat they may fall foul of employment regulations, but do not have the time tokeep up with what they should be doing. “Every year thousands of people put in applications to take theiremployer to an employment tribunal,” she added. “Yet often, with a little help and discussion at an earlier stage, thiscould have been avoided.” The Department of Trade and Industry asked Acas to follow up arecommendation from the Better Regulation Task Force – which was set up to lookat how life could be made easier for small businesses – by piloting a newservice. Acas is planning to run the pilot scheme until early next year, when it willdecide whether to continue the scheme on a permanent basis. www.acas.org.ukAcas employment law advice schemeAcas can:– Visit employers to advise on the range of action available todeal with a problem and the possible legal consequences– Mediate by getting disputing staff to talk to each other onways they can work together – Investigate a problem and, with the agreement of an employerand their staff, recommend how to deal with the problem– Provide an independent person to hear appeals againstdismissal or disciplinary action where there is no other suitable person in theorganisation to do so Acas launches employment law schemeOn 7 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.