A DORCHESTER law firm is offering advice to employers on how to deal with ‘World Cup fever’ as the football tournament gets into full swing.

With some matches during the Brazil World Cup due to clash with working hours, employers are expected to see an increase in requests for annual leave, sickness absence and tiredness as well as staff using websites to watch matches during their working hours.

Audrey Spencer, head of employment at Humphries Kirk, said: “If handled well, the World Cup need not lead to an increase in absenteeism and a fall in productivity.

“It could in fact be an ideal opportunity to boost morale and encourage a sense of teamwork. “Flexibility between employers and employees during this time will help maintain productivity and an engaged workforce.”

Humphries Kirk say it is important to address any potential issues early and set out employer expectations for staff during the tournament.

For more information email a.spencer@hklaw.eu