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  • New Guidance From Acas

    15th November 2017

    The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has produced two new sets of guidance:

    Workplace Support for Parents with Premature or Sick Babies

    Each year, 95,000 premature or sick babies are born in the UK. This guidance contains important information for employees and employers on practical issues that can arise when an employee's baby is born pre-term or is born full-term but is unwell, and suggests ways in which employers can support employees in these difficult circumstances.

    See http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=6049.

    Gender Reassignment Discrimination: Key Points for the Workplace

    The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against someone or treat them unfairly because of gender reassignment. This guidance contains advice for employers to ensure they comply with the law in this regard.

    As well as an overview of the specific meaning of this protected characteristic, the guidance suggests ways in which employers can support trans workers and advises on adaptations to assist those undergoing gender reassignment and ways of managing any time off work this requires.

    See http://www.acas.org.uk/media/pdf/f/3/Gender_reassignment_discrimination.pdf.

    Acas also has a video on the nine protected characteristics safeguarded by the Equality Act. See http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/video/acasorguk/prkUa-bEYkE.

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