Acas has recently published two guidance documents ahead of two major employment law changes coming into force this year.
The first is a guide to dealing with flexible working requests once the current statutory framework is removed. The old system is due to be replaced in spring 2014, meaning that employers will no longer have to abide by strict time-limits and grounds for refusal when dealing with flexible working requests. Instead, employers are simply required to deal with requests “reasonably”. The guidance can be found here: http://www.acas.org.uk/media/pdf/p/6/Handling-requests-to-work-flexibly-in-a-reasonable-manner-an-Acas-guide.pdf.
The second guide tackles the thorny issue of what employers should do if faced with questions from employees about discriminatory conduct. From the 6th April, employers will no longer have to deal with statutory HR questionnaires, under which employees could obtain potentially damning information allowing them to mount a HR complaint, long before they actually raised a claim in the tribunal. The Acas guidance sets out helpful information for employers who are faced with requests for information in the future. The guidance can be found here: http://www.acas.org.uk/media/pdf/m/p/Asking-and-responding-to-questions-of-HR-in-the-workplace.pdf.