Acas stands for Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service. Acas aims to improve organisations and working life through good employment relations. Acas assist with employment relations by providing current employment law information, impartial advice and excellent training, and work with employees and employers to resolve issues in the workplace and improve performance.
Regardless if you're an employee or an employer you can receive free employment law advice and information from Acas. Acas also provides tailored services for employers, including training, conciliation, mediation and workplace projects.
Acas is mostly funded by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills. Acas is a non-departmental public body(NDPB), governed by an independent Council. This allows Acas to be impartial, independent and confidential. Acas was born in 1975, and has over 30 years' experience of working with people in organisations of every type and size.
The Acas Council is responsible for determining the strategic direction, policies and priorities, and ensuring the statutory duties are carried out effectively. Acas is Chaired by Ed Sweeney. The Acas council members are leading figures from business, including academics, independent sectors and unions . Chair and Council members are part-time positions, appointed by the Secretary of State for the Department for Business Innovation & Skills.
Acas have approximately 800 staff, located in their London head office and 11 regional centres across Scotland, Wales and England. Acas's operations are overseen by Chief Executive, John Taylor, and a management board that consists of national and regional directors.
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