In lighter yet ironically equally European news, you will undoubtedly be aware that the European Football Championships kicked off this month. Unlike previous years Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland all qualified as well as England. Furthermore countries such as Poland, Portugal, Romania and Hungary also qualified all of whom have sizeable migrant populations in the UK.

Many of the games, including England’s recent encounter with Wales, are during working time. In light of this, ACAS has published guidance for employers encouraging employers to be flexible with staff wishing to watch the games.

The advice includes allowing flexitime requests for game days, temporarily relaxed policies for TV, Radio and Website use as well as less severe sanctions for any staff who watch the games.

Sir Brendan Barber, chair of ACAS, said “Employers should have a set of agreements before kick-off to help ensure their businesses remain productive while keeping staff happy too. Our guidance can help managers get the best from their teams, arrange substitutions if necessary and avoid unnecessary penalties or unplanned sendings off.”

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