Kick off - managing your team during the World Cup

United Kingdom

This article was produced by Olswang LLP, which joined with CMS on 1 May 2017.

With the World Cup now underway, employers will need a well thought out game plan dealing with potential issues which might arise in the coming weeks.

ACAS has issued some advice and guidance for employers (which can be viewed here) for dealing with some of the potential employment issues arising during the World Cup season, in particular around requests for annual leave, sickness absence and website use during working hours.

Given that all the matches will be televised from 5pm or later, managing requests for time off may be less of an issue for employers than in previous World Cups.  Nevertheless, there are still potential pitfalls and in simple terms, employers should ensure they:

  • communicate clearly any change in usual practice during the World Cup season;
  • are consistent in their treatment of employees in relation to requests for time off, acceptable internet use during working hours and when dealing with unauthorised absence; and
  • implement their normal disciplinary procedures in appropriate cases.