Employment lawyer’s World Cup policy advice

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EMPLOYERS are advised to make it their goal not to fall foul of staffing problems during the forthcoming World Cup.

Employment experts from Portsmouth law firm Blake Lapthorn say local businesses should make sure they are prepared to tackle any issues with employees during the four-week tournament.

Employment solicitor Ruth Christy said: ‘Employers should have clear policies in place to deal with potential pitfalls such as increased demand for time off and a possible rise in unauthorised leave and sickness absence.’

‘Employers will not want to appear to spoil the atmosphere or damage morale by being too inflexible around the World Cup.

‘At the same time they will want to make sure the business can continue to run smoothly, minimise the number of absentees and ensure employees do not abuse the policies in place.’