The Company recognises that employees may wish to take time off at or around the time of major sporting occasions, such as World Cups, Wimbledon and the Olympic/Paralympic Games. The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to managers and employees on time off for employees to watch sporting events. Employees who wish to take time off on such occasions should adhere to the procedure below.
- Employees who wish to take time off to watch sporting events must book annual leave in accordance with the Company’s annual leave procedure, taking note of any minimum notice periods required. The Company will not unreasonably refuse a request for annual leave but employees should note that the Company must maintain minimum staffing levels at all times and that requests for annual leave may sometimes have to be refused. The Company will approve annual leave on a “first come, first served” basis to avoid potential disputes.
- Employees are advised that the Company will monitor sickness absence more scrupulously during main sporting events. Employees who are absent without permission on the day of a major sporting event and who are not able to provide medical evidence or a sound explanation for their absence will be subject to the Company’s disciplinary procedure.
- Employees who are absent without authorisation will not be paid in respect of days not worked.
- The Company will monitor website usage of all employees during all major sporting events in accordance with the Company’s Email, Telephone, Computer Facilities and Social Media Policy. Where employees are found to be using the internet to monitor sporting events at times where they should be working, including the use of social media, they will be subject to the Company’s disciplinary procedure.
- The Company may, at its discretion, provide access to a television and/or radio in the event of a major match or tournament.
- This policy is non-contractual and the Company reserves the right to amend or withdraw it at any time.