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Preparing for the World Cup: a guide for employers

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The World Cup is a major sporting event for many employees who want to follow their favourite football team.

Employers should ensure that they have policies in place to deal with any issues that may arise and that these are communicated effectively to their employees.

There is no obligation for employers to adopt flexible working arrangements, but many employers this year have decided to adopt these methods to ensure increased staff morale and to avoid further disruption to working hours.

How can you ensure flexibility within the workplace regarding sporting events?

The World Cup is currently the main topic of conversation amongst sports fans. This mini-article looks at what can be done to ensure the event is enjoyed by employees whilst keeping a steady focus within the working environment.

It is inevitable that many employees will wish to keep updated during working hours with such a major sporting event.

What can employers consider implementing in the working environment?

The workplace is progressively reflecting the development of diversity that we see in today’s society and employers need to be aware that not everybody wishes to watch England play.

ACAS has suggested that employers potentially allow flexible working. For example, allowing an extra 30 minutes lunch break if the staff member comes in earlier or leaves later etc.

How to deal with holiday absence requests?

Employers may wish to look at being a little more flexible when allowing employees to take annual leave during this period and employees should remember that it may not always be possible to book time off.

The key is for both the employer and employee to try and come to an agreement.

All requests for leave should be considered fairly and a consistent approach should be applied to absence requests for other major sporting events too, as not every member of staff will like football.

Would you like more information or guidance?

If you require any help with absence requests, you can contact a member of our Employment & HR team on 01332 340 211.

In addition, for relevant employment law updates, please follow our Employment & HR LinkedIn Showcase page.

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