Policy News Journal - 2014-15

The Acas announcement says that:

The research shows that Acas online tools - Acas Model Workplace and Acas Learning OnLine - are highly valued amongst users and are helping small businesses develop workplace policies, follow best practice, and get the best out of their people. Over half of those questioned about Model Workplace and nearly a third for Learning OnLine came from small businesses. Results show that there are long-term workplace benefits to businesses from using Acas' free tools:  on Acas Model Workplace: over eight in 10 (88%) have reviewed and over seven in 10 (73%) have revised one or more policy or procedure;  similarly, on Learning OnLine: nearly half (46%) have reviewed one or more policy or procedure and more than a third (38%) have reviewed an area of practice from issues addressed in the learning modules. "This report shows that our free online services are highly valued by those already using them. For smaller businesses that don't necessarily have an in-house HR function, Model workplace is a great way to measure yourself quickly and see if your workplace comes up to scratch. Acas also offers a range of training and resources with Learning OnLine so that businesses can take that next step to make a practical and tangible difference. Both services cost businesses nothing to use but could save time, money and stress by offering preventative guidance on how workplace improvements could be made. We know that these tools have proved particularly popular among smaller businesses." Stewart Gee, Head of Information and Guidance, said:

Around nine in ten users were pleased with the tools they had used and more than eight in ten would recommend them to someone else.

You can rate your business on the Acas Model Workplace tool and see how you can benefit from the range of Acas Learning OnLine resources on the Acas website.

Anti money laundering guidance

13 August 2014

HM Treasury has approved updated anti money laundering guidance from HM Revenue and Customs.

The updated guidance gives clear standards to enable businesses to meet their obligations under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007.

Research shows women cut maternity leave short in fear of losing job

14 August 2014

New research shows that six out of 10 mothers say their careers were “derailed” after becoming pregnant, and admitted they faced open discrimination in the workplace

Our thanks to the CIPD for this report:

Six out of 10 mothers say their careers were “derailed” after becoming pregnant, and admitted they faced open discrimination in the workplace, research from law firm Slater and Gordon has revealed. More than 60 per cent of survey respondents said they felt their boss

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