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Considerations for employers in the lead up to the Rugby World Cup

28 August 2015 #Employment

The Rugby World Cup 2015 is being hosted by England and takes place between 18th September and 31stOctober 2015.

During this time, employers may find they encounter the following issues:

  • Increased annual leave requests
  • Increased sickness absence and/or unauthorised leave
  • Inappropriate use of the internet to check scores and get information on the games
  • Increased risk of employees working under the influence of alcohol where they have watched a game the night before
  • Increased risk of discriminatory conduct

It is advisable for employers to ensure they have policies in place on these issues and that these policies are bought to the attention of employees, preferably coupled with a gentle reminder of the standards expected during the World Cup specifically.      

Many businesses may be willing to consider flexible working during this time and some may also be considering installing screens to allow employees to watch games.  Employers should be alert to potential discrimination issues by ensuring that those wishing to watch the games are treated equally, the games shown are not restricted to England games only and that those requesting flexible working for other reasons are not disadvantaged. 

In the interests of employee relations and morale it may be better for employers to allow some flexible working during the World Cup.  However, at the same time, employers should alert employees to the relevant policies and warn them that they could face disciplinary action if they breach these.  In particular, employees should be reminded that taking sickness absence when they are not genuinely ill will result in disciplinary action (as this is likely to be the most common issue faced by employers during the World Cup).  

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