The guidance, published on 12 April, provides advice to assist companies throughout a staff member’s time with them – from recruitment to ending the employment relationship.
The document offers tailored guidance for small and medium-sized enterprises on a broad range of issues, from managing absence to providing equal opportunities.
Navigating an ‘increasingly complex area’
BBPA policy director Andy Tighe explained: “The newly developed guidance is an excellent tool for employers, supporting you through every stage of the employment process.
“The jointly written guidance will help any new start-up or established business deal with key employment-related issues.”
UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls added: “People are at the heart of the hospitality sector and it is crucial that employers have as much information as possible to ensure they remain compliant with the law in what is an increasingly complex area; and also foster a harmonious relationship with their employees.
“The advice that Acas provides is hugely beneficial and we would urge all hospitality businesses to follow the step-by-step guide and ensure that they access the expert guidance available.”
Acas senior guidance adviser Tom Neil said: “Some employers within the hospitality industry want to grow their businesses but hesitate in case they misinterpret employment law.
“This new guide is simple to use and will help small business owners get the basics right when it comes to recruiting, settling and managing staff.
“A better understanding of the law can make all the difference between managing staff well and potentially facing a costly and stressful employment tribunal if things aren't handled correctly.”
The guidance can be found on the Acas website here.