Bosses urged to set out policy during World Cup

Employers have been advised to ensure policies on absenteeism are spelt out
to staff for the week starting with the Golden Jubilee celebrations and
culminating in a crunch game for England in the World Cup.

The Golden Jubilee on Monday 3 June is a national holiday, Tuesday 4 June is
a Bank Holiday and at midday on Friday 7 June, England play Argentina.

CIPD employee relations adviser Diane Sinclair urges employers to be
consistent in their approach to absenteeism. "Companies have to realise
this is very important to some people and need to develop a consistent policy
on whether people can be absent."

Richard Smith of law firm IRPC, stressed the importance of warning staff in
advance of the consequences. "One solution would be to allow staff to
watch the game and approach it as a team-building opportunity."

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