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More businesses using Acas

The number of businesses using Acas for advice on employment good practice has risen according to a survey of British workplaces.

The 2011 Workplace Employment Relations Study (WERs) found a 29% increase in managers using Acas since the 2004 survey.

Last year, the Acas helpline answered almost 925,000 calls on employment issues such as the Agency Workers Regulations and the Acas website saw a rise of around 10% in traffic with more than four and a half million visits.

The number of workplaces using grievance and disciplinary procedures that reflect the principles set out in the Acas Code has risen since 2004. For grievance procedures there was a 27% increase.

Other highlights from the WERs report include:

  • In relation to the economic climate, the survey revealed an increase in the number of strikes in the public sector.
  • Three quarters of workplaces changed some aspect of their staffing practices in response to the recession. The most common being a freeze or cut in wages (42%).
  • Low use of mediation to resolve individual disputes - 7% of workplaces reported its use.

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