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Publication of Acas Guidance

Statement made on 15 November 2021

Statement UIN HCWS390


I welcomed the publication on Thursday 11th November by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) of their online guidance “Making changes to employment contracts – employer responsibilities.”

I strongly encourage all businesses to consider this new guidance on how employers should approach workplace problems that might conceivably require contractual changes. In the guidance, Acas states that an employer should only consider dismissing and offering to rehire someone on new terms as a last resort. Before doing so, an employer must have made all reasonable attempts to reach agreement through a full and thorough consultation.

The guidance is available at:

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This statement has also been made in the House of Lords

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Publication of Acas Guidance
Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Business, Energy and Corporate Responsibility)
Conservative, Life peer
Statement made 15 November 2021