As England football fans prepare for Euro 2012 in the Ukraine and Poland and the Olympics being around the corner, bosses are already turning up the heat and laying down the law when it comes to watching sport.
Now a firm of solicitors have come up with the ultimate guide for workers: Summer of Sport: Top Tips to Avoid Getting the Sack.
From having a few beers watching the match on a work night to using the
company internet to watch the 100m, Preston law firm, MWR Solicitors,
has got an answer on how to stay within the bounds of the law and keep
Sporting fans also have the cricket series against West Indies and South
Africa, Wimbledon and the Open golf championship to enjoy.
Sadiq Vohra, a partner at MWR Solicitors, advises workers on unfair
dismissal. He said: “In 2012 we have a number of major events with fans
wanting to see all the action.
“During such sporting events, fans are often working and this can
present problems. Potentially, you can be sacked for coming into work
worse for wear or using the work’s internet.
"When it comes to employment law we all see bosses making the wrong
decision but there is also a responsibility for workers to understand
what can or can’t be done".
According to latest government figures, there were 218,100 claims to
employment tribunals between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2011. This was an
8% fall compared to 2009-10, but an increase of 44% against 2008-09.
Of the 382,400 jurisdictional claims received in 2010-11, 30% were
concerning Working Time Directive), 28% were for unfair dismissal,
breach of contract and redundancy and 19% were for unauthorised
Sadiq added: “Problems can happen in the workplace because of poor
communication. Every business should have an employee handbook which
states company rules.
“Common sense should prevail but this doesn’t always happen.
“Hopefully our guide can help prevent problems at a time when everyone wants to enjoy a great summer of sport.”
The guide can be accessed through MWR’s blog section on its website www.mwrlaw.com or accessed directly here [http://www.mwrlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Summer-of-S...]