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ACAS is the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service. It is an independent body set up by government to provide advice and guidance to employers and workers about employment matters. Although its guidance is not the law, Tribunals generally expect employers to follow any advice it issues. Wherever you work, we expect your employer to follow the ACAS advice:
- be especially careful and take extra steps for vulnerable groups, including those who are pregnant, aged 70 or over, or who have a long-term health condition
- hold meetings as remote calls and avoid travel as much as possible
- make sure managers know how to spot symptoms of coronavirus and are clear on any relevant processes, for example sickness reporting and sick pay, and procedures in case someone in the workplace shows symptoms of the virus
- make sure there are clean places to wash hands with hot water and soap, and encourage everyone to wash their hands regularly
- provide hand sanitiser and tissues for staff, and encourage them to use them
- make sure everyone’s contact numbers and emergency contact details are up to date
- keep everyone updated on actions being taken to reduce risks of exposure in the workplace
Employers must also not single anyone out, for example because of their sex, gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexuality, etc. If you feel your employer is treating you differently you must contact us as soon as possible so we can advise you.
If your employer isn’t following the ACAS advice please contact us so we can support and advise you about your rights.