General Employment Information and Support
There are a number of UK wide organisations that provide information and advice on employment matters. These include:
The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)
They work with millions of employers and employees every year to improve workplace relationships. They are an independent public body that receives funding from the UK government. Their website covers areas such as:
- Employment contracts
- Pay and wages
- Flexible working
- COVID-19 and employment
- Holiday, sickness and leave
- Disciplinary and grievance
- A range of ACAS codes of practice
ACAS also run a helpline for anyone who needs employment law or workplace advice, including employers, employees and workers. This is confidential and free advice. They can talk through:
- Any work-related problem or question you have
- Tell you what the law says and how it relates to you
- Look at good practice at work
- Consider your options, including any risks and benefits
You do not have to give any personal details when you ring up.
The Helpline number is: 0300 123 1100
It’s open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.
Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) Scotland
Citizens Advice Scotland, the Extra Help Unit and their 59 member bureaux together form Scotland’s largest independent advice network.
Citizens Advice Scotland provide a free, independent, confidential, impartial service available to everyone in Scotland.
They support people with a whole range of issues, including areas such as:
- Debt and money
- Law and courts
They look at the problems people bring to their advice services and campaign for change where it’s needed most.
You can find further information at the Citizens Advice in Scotland and ACAS websites found below.