RECORD NUMBERS PLEA FOR ACAS HELP

BRAND new figures from Acas 2005/06 annual report shows record numbers of people are using its helpline and website services to get the latest advice and guidance on employment relations issues. In 2005/06 calls to the national helpline rose for the four

BRAND new figures from Acas' 2005/06 annual report shows record numbers of people are using its helpline and website services to get the latest advice and guidance on employment relations issues.

In 2005/06 calls to the national helpline rose for the fourth consecutive year with over 900,000 calls received on a wide range of employment issues.

The top three topics covered were discipline and grievance, maternity or paternity and redundancy or layoff issues.

There was also a rise in the number of people accessing the Acas website, which had 1.7 million visits.


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The report showed that the number of claims to employment tribunals rose by 25 per cent from the previous year. Acas dealt with 952 large scale disputes in 2005/06 compared to 1,123 in 2004/05.

Acas chairman Rita Donaghy said: "We have had another busy and challenging year. Our commitment to improving organisations through better employment relations continues to drive the development of new Acas services.

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"The challenge for us now is to continue to develop and maintain our high standards and help more organisations realise the benefits of good employment relations.

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