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Jun 14

World Cup Dream or Disciplinary Nightmare?

Written by World Cup Dream or Disciplinary Nightmare?

The current England team carries very low expectations into this year’s football World Cup, but what can you expect from your workforce during the tournament?

Absenteeism / Leaving Early

As the World Cup will be held in Brazil the matches kick off at 5pm or later.  This may result in employees asking to leave early and/or absences the following days.  Your options include:

  • Don’t allow employees to leave early
  • Allow it on the basis that they make up the time
  • Require proof of doctors/dentist appointments
  • Remind employees that if they may need to take time off as a result of celebrating they should book it as holiday in advance.  Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action

Supporting your team

Some of your employees may support countries other than England.  It’s important that employees are aware that offensive or derogatory remarks on the basis of who they support are unacceptable.  Such remarks could lead to claims of bullying and/or discrimination.  Explaining this to the employees may give you a defence to any such claim.

Gambling

Whilst employees can run a sweepstake there are rules as to how these can operate.  These include that:

  • It must not be run for profit
  • Prize money must not roll over
  • It must be for employees only
  • It must not be run over multiple sites

It may be worth sending an email/memo to employees explaining some of the above and the expectations you have.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like further information.

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