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Acas offers online guide to flexible working

Independent employment relations organisation Acas has launched an online tool to help SMEs understand and correctly implement working parents’ employment rights.

With changes in maternity and paternity legislation coming into force, many SMEs are concerned about the potential impact on their business and want to ensure they are up to date with the law.

The new Acas e-learning package provides a free, step-by-step guide to topics including maternity, paternity and adoption rights and pay, parental leave, time off to help dependants and flexible working regulations. The objective is to provide SMEs with all the information they need to ensure they treat all staff fairly.

Rita Donaghy, Acas chair, said, “This is ideal for SMEs who have not had to deal with a working parents issue before. It makes good business sense to ensure that your employees keep working for you, even if their circumstances change. This course provides brief, straightforward advice to help prevent problems, but also to deal with any that should arise.”

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