Cup may kick off rise in sick leave

England’s dramatic World Cup qualification could mean football-mad staff
will give work the yellow card next summer.

Employment law specialist Simon Bellm believes most firms will see a rise in
absenteeism when the month-long tournament kicks off in June and advises HR
professionals to be flexible.

He said, "It’s difficult to take disciplinary action for one-off
instances of absence. It might be better to come to an agreement to vary hours

Nick Hawley, head of HR at Japanese-owned engineering company Denso Marston,
suggests employers allow TVs in canteens and radios at workstations during the

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