New to HR - Helpful Acas resources for you

If you're new to Human Resources, whether working as an HR assistant in a large organisation or managing staff in a small business, Acas can help you in your role.

Our guidance, tools and resources can help you keep up-to-date with employment law and good workplace practice. We can show you how to get the best from staff and help you avoid costly mistakes.

We can help you recruit, deal with workplace contracts, manage absence or deal with flexible working or parental leave requests. Our full range of advice is available through our handy advice A-Z.

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Areas to learn more about when first starting in a HR role

We asked our HR customers what workplace issues they had to deal with when they started out. Their feedback has helped us develop guidance and tools to help you in your day-to-day role.

Recruitment and induction | Contracts | Pay | Managing discipline and grievance | Managing absence | Holidays | Managing appraisals and performance | Redundancy | Tupe

Recruitment and induction

Key facts

Resources that will help you:

Recruitment and induction guidance

Recruiting an employee: A step-by-step guide

Social media - recruitment and performance management

Settling in a new employee: A step-by-step guide

Template letters for hiring staff 

Recruitment and induction training

Recruitment e-learning


Key facts

Resources that will help you:

The new employee's contract: A step-by-step guide

Template for written statement

Changing or varying a contract

Written statements of terms and conditions of employment

Employment contract terms

Termination of an employment contract

Zero hours contracts

Contracts and written statements e-elearning


Key facts

Resources that will help you:

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

Advice leaflet - Holidays and holiday pay

Calculating holiday pay

Pay deductions

Equal pay

Automatic pension enrolment

Pay and reward e-learning

Managing discipline and grievance

Key facts

A good working knowledge of discipline and grievance procedures is essential for all managers if issues are to be resolved in the workplace rather than spilling over into an employment tribunal. Here are some useful approaches.

The Acas Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures gives practical guidance for handling issues in the workplace.

Main principles:

Resources that will help you:

Discipline and grievance - Acas Code of Practice

Discipline and grievances at work: The Acas guide

Carrying out investigations in the workplace

Managing discipline - Investigation to possible dismissal: A guide

Template letters for discipling staff

Discipline and grievance e-learning

Managing absence

Key facts

Managing attendance problems often means tackling possible causes of absence, such as working patterns, job design or personal issues like caring responsibilities.

Dealing with absence or lateness

Authorised absence and lateness can be dealt with by:

Certified or uncertified sickness can be dealt with by:

Resources that will help you:

Managing absence

Dealing with absence or lateness

Templates for managing absence

Managing staff absence: A step-by-step guide

Managing staff absence - Be prepared: Know the basics

Template letters for managing staff


Key facts

Most workers - whether part-time or full-time - are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks of paid annual leave. Additional annual leave may be agreed as part of a worker's contract.

Resources that will help you:

Calculating holiday pay

Holiday notice requirements

Managing appraisals and performance

Key facts

Managing performance is a continuous process which involves making sure that the performance of employees contributes to the goals of their teams and the business.

There are three aspects to planning an individual's performance:

Line managers should:

Resources that will help you:

How to manage performance

Templates for managing appraisals

Managing performance guidance

Challenging conversations and how to manage them

Performance management training

Performance management e-learning


Key facts

Resources that will help you:

Redundancy consultation and procedure

Selection criteria for redundancy and avoiding redundancies

Redundancy payments and notice

Handling small-scale redundancies - A step-by-step guide

Handling redundancy e-learning


Key facts

TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings) rules apply to organisations of all sizes and protect employees' rights when the organisation or service they work for transfers to a new employer.

When does TUPE apply?

There are two situations when the TUPE regulations may apply; business transfers and service provision transfers.

In business transfers

The TUPE regulations apply if a business or part of a business moves to a new owner or merges with another business to make a brand new employer. A part of a business might for example be a distribution function of a larger organisation.

In service provision transfers

The TUPE regulations apply in the following situations when a:

Resources that will help you:

Handling TUPE transfers: The Acas guide 

pdf  TUPE changes 2014 [161kb] 

pdf  TUPE overview: the 4 key stages [60kb] 

Further Acas resources designed for you

Creating effective HR - Part 1: Systems and policies

Creating effective HR - Part 2: Managing performance

Creating effective HR - Part 3: Managing dismissal and discipline

If you are new to Acas, you may also find these useful:

Join our LinkedIN HR forum to talks to other HR colleagues

Sign-up for our free e-learning to update your HR knowledge or learn new skills

Helpline Online - straightforward answers to your employment relations questions.

HR for beginners training - this practical HR training course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of employing people. 

The Acas Blog - Acas experts and guest bloggers share their views, experiences and insights on the world of employment relations.

Individual disputes - find out more about Acas dispute resolution services including early conciliation.

Publications - view our guidance booklets and download free copies.

Let us know how we can help

Acas advisers can help you with any HR or employment relations issues your organisation may have. Contact us through our online enquiry form to let us know how we can help.