MPs to consider whether unpaid trial shifts should be made illegal

MPs to consider whether unpaid trial shifts should be made illegal

Several MPs led by SNP MP Stewart McDonald are proposing that unpaid trial shifts should be banned and made illegal. The Unpaid Trial Work Periods (Prohibition) Bill seeks to make all unpaid trial shifts (used primarily to determine whether or not a prospective employee has the necessary requirements for a position) illegal and suggest that potential staff should be at the very least offered minimum wage for any work undertaken. Should the bill be passed, employers will need to detail exactly how many roles are available, agree to provide feedback following the trial, provide a job description and inform all applicants how long the trial period will last. The bill has received huge support, including from the likes of Union Unite who state that within the hospitality section there were several organisations using trial shifts regularly, even one forcing new employees to carry out 40 hours of training. MP Stewart McDonald claimed that the current law around trials shifts was ineffective and businesses were...
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ACAS: Not Just For Strikes

ACAS: Not Just For Strikes

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the only thing that Acas does is get involved in large trade disputes to get workers back off strike. It is true that you’ll often turn on the television and see an Acas’ conciliator getting involved where there is an employee strike but Acas has other areas of responsibility that will influence employers in their everyday actions, possibly without them even knowing. ACAS Advice, conciliation and arbitration  - These are the three main areas of responsibility for Acas, whose full name is Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Services. Advice: it runs a telephone helpline giving advice to employers and employees on employment rights. It is an impartial service and so employers may find its advice more factual than business focussed. Conciliation: Acas will act as a go between for employers and employees who are in dispute with each other to the point that an employment tribunal claim is being considered (see Early Conciliation below) Arbitration: This is where Acas will become...
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ACAS Early Conciliation – Client Guide

ACAS Early Conciliation – Client Guide

Introduction to ACAS Early Conciliation On the 6 April 2014 the new ACAS Early Conciliation Scheme launches attempting to inhibit greater involvement of ACAS conciliators before Employment Law disputes are sent to the Tribunal. As part of Avensure’s ongoing commitment to their clients we have prepared this guide to ACAS Early Conciliation to keep you up to date and informed. ACAS Early Conciliation... What will happen? Under the ACAS Early Conciliation scheme potential Claimant who have a dispute with their employers will contact ACAS before sending their claim form to the Tribunal. ACAS will then attempt to contact both parties and see if there is a chance the claim can be resolved without needing to involve the Tribunal. Once contact has been made with both parties ACAS have a maximum of 1 month to attempt to reach settlement. What do I need to do? If you are contacted by an ACAS conciliator under this scheme make sure you get the following information: - Name of the Conciliator -...
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ACAS on Zero Hours Contracts and the uncertainty surrounding them

ACAS on Zero Hours Contracts and the uncertainty surrounding them

ACAS on Zero Hours Contracts - They are a form of employment contract under which a worker has no set hours and is paid only in relation to the hours they work. ACAS Chief Executive Anne Sharpe has suggested that they will be very much a part of the work place issues this year. ACAS on Zero Hours Contracts - According to new research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), they can also provide the flexibility many workers desire, as recognised by Business Secretary Vince Cable as he confirmed there are no plans to ban them while announcing a 12 week consultation on the controversial form of contract. Zero hours contracts are in use across retail, transport, catering and hospitality, and in the care, charity and public sector. There are points in the calendar where their usage peaks, at Christmas in particular, but also during the summer holiday period.  ACAS have suggested with the right guidance and training, businesses...
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