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Acas publications - free to download, use and share

Update: July 2019 - We recently updated the links to our publications and templates, which are free to download and share. When sharing our materials we recommend linking through to the webpages hosting them (such as this page), instead of linking to individual documents as this means that the most up-to-date versions can easily be accessed.

Acas provides free guidance for employers, employees and representatives that can be instantly downloaded. We cover a wide range of employment matters on everything from taking holidays and understanding parental rights to tackling discrimination and handling redundancy situations.

This page contains links to some of our most popular guidance publications. Please feel free to download and to share with your colleagues. Further Acas publications can be found on our A-Z of guidance pages.

We also provide Useful templates for letters, forms and checklists and the Acas Learning OnLine tool as well as updates on the latest employment legislation through the Acas e-newsletter; offer short small firms guides and publish regular Research papers and Policy discussion papers.

The statutory Acas Codes of practice are available to download for free. Alternatively, if you wish to purchase a copy you can do so via the TSO website links at the bottom of the page.

New guidance highlights

Download the new Acas guide pdf icon Sex discrimination: key points for the workplace [472kb] to help prevent sex discrimination at work and also how to handle complaints if they arise.

View Acas guidance on the National Living Wage which was introduced in April 2016.

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Redundancy, restructuring and change management

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Communications and consultation

Supervisor and line-manager skills

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