Firms must plan for sport

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Firms need to plan ahead to cope with a bumper summer of sport, a Fylde expert is warning, to avoid disruption in the workplace.

The World Cup, Tour de France, Wimbledon and the Commonwealth Games are among the high profile events taking place over coming months.

Kimberley Barrett-St.Vall, solicitor in the Employment team at Napthens solicitors in Blackpool, warns that employers are likely to face an increase in requests for time off, flexible working and potentially unauthorised absences and friction in the workplace.

Kimberley said: “From the outset, be clear about company policies on issues including sick leave, unauthorised absence, the internet, email use and bullying and harassment.

“Businesses should look at being flexible where they can: for instance, offering flexible working on a temporary basis or relaxing the usual rules on holidays to accommodate more requests than usual on certain days.

“They could look at allowing an early or late start where there is an event during the day, or even set up a games room where employees can watch events in their breaks.”