The football World Cup is undoubtedly a huge event that will be followed closely by millions around the globe - including those right here in the UK.
In an attempt to manage absenteeism and incentivise staff, some employers may look to put up screens in the workplace enabling staff, and potentially customers, to view big games. However, employers should be aware of the issues to consider before taking this approach. One such issue is choosing which games to screen, as employees of different nationalities must be treated equally. Failing to do so could lead to allegations of discrimination, a warning also echoed by ACAS. Also, businesses need to pay heed to the licensing regime for showing recorded games (which can be a licensable activity), and also pay particular care with office sweepstakes and private lotteries.
Employers who are worried about staff productivity should start planning as soon as possible to reduce the impact that the World Cup could have on their business.