Tags: World Cup

Acas urges employers to monitor sickness absence during World Cup

Workplace expert, Acas, has launched new guidance today to help employers prepare for potential issues that could arise over the World Cup period. The 2014 World Cup will take place in Brazil between Thursday 12 June and Sunday 13 July. Acas advises employers and small businesses to have agreements in place that cover requests for time off,…

2.4 million employees would consider taking a sick day during World Cup

Nearly one in ten (8%) employees would consider taking a sick day when they are not ill during the World Cup, according to the latest research from Canada Life Group Insurance. Replicated in the working population, this equates to 2.4 million employees, suggesting a significant loss to productivity across the country should staff decide to…

Will new flexible working rules come too late for the World Cup?

Fast-forward one month. England’s footballers have flourished in Brazil and several hours earlier booked a place at the World Cup semi-final. Time differences mean a pulsating quarter final match finished at 1.30am British Summertime. Now 10am, the office is distinctly quiet. According to specialist recruitment consultancy IntaPeople, the 2014 World Cup presents the perfect opportunity for…

Shocking new report shows workers living 10 to a squalid room in World Cup hosts Qatar

FIFA needs to get tough with the organisers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, says the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), as it publishes a report exposing the squalid conditions in which many of the tournament’s construction workers are living. The report – The Case Against Qatar – shows, says the ITUC, just how far Qatar…

FIFA must not tolerate workers rights abuses in Qatar, says Amnesty

Migrant workers report being ‘treated like cattle’ Subcontractors for Qatar Petroleum, Hyundai E&C and OHL Construction linked to exploitation Workers living in squalid, overcrowded accommodation with no air conditioning, and exposed to overflowing sewage or uncovered septic tanks Workers left unpaid for months and prevented from leaving the country by employers – faced with mounting debts…

GMB says 4,000 workers will die in Qatar before World Cup starts

GMB seeks a meeting with 13 major UK contractors working in Qatar to stop exploitation of workers building for 2022 World Cup. Workers paid £5 for a 15 hours day in ferocious heat with injuries and fatalities so bad that 4,000 workers will be killed before a ball is kicked in 9 year time in…

U-Clock offers employers a way out of a tricky situation by allowing simple cost-effective monitoring of remote staff. Many employers were reasonable with their staffs working hours during the World Cup but despite this, it was predicted that British companies would lose millions in revenue during the tournament due to employee absenteeism. Although official figures…

The UK’s economy – currently the sixth largest in the world – is set to slide down the international rankings unless its skills and employment systems are fundamentally reformed and improved claims a new paper. The report, “Ambition 2020”, published today by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, says that an extra 20 million…

One in five employees in the UK have admitted that the last time they took a ‘sick day’ was actually for personal reasons rather than because they were ill. Many people would not own up to feigning illness; suggesting the real number of sickies is much higher, said business leaders, who warned it was costing…

Business may find that their networks struggle to cope with increased traffic for workers looking to view World Cup matches online in the office, according to one expert. Nigel Hawthorn, vice-president of Europe, Middle East and Africa marketing at delivery networking provider Blue Coat Systems, has warned bosses and those in charge of HR strategy…

SkillsActive has launched a new online resource to encourage the UK to brush up on their literacy, language and numeracy skills during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Developed in partnership with a number of organisations, including the Football Association, the National Literacy Trust, the Premier League, Podium and Active Communities, www.worldcupskills.org uses the medium of…