Attendance During the World Cup and National Living and Minimum Wage Rates from April 2023

World Cup 

With the World Cup football now underway and many of the games scheduled to be played during UK working hours, now might be a good time to remind your team members of some of your key policies and procedures in order to minimise disruption to the company, its customers and operations over the coming weeks. This might include reminding them:

  • To book time off in advance.
  • That only [X number] of people are allowed to be on holiday at the same time.
  • That the company’s sickness absence policy and procedures still apply during the World Cup and that all absences will be recorded.
  • That any sickness absence that is not thought to be genuine will be dealt with under the company’s disciplinary procedure.
  • That unauthorised absence(s) will be unpaid.
  • That providing false information regarding the reason(s) for absence or calling in sick after a holiday request has been declined may result in immediate dismissal on the grounds of gross misconduct.
  • To not turn up for work under the influence of alcohol or drugs or to drink alcohol or take drugs during working time, as it is likely to impact the safe running of the business and / or the health and safety of others. If this happens, the employee will be suspended with immediate effect, without pay.

In addition, to maintain productivity during the World Cup, you might want to consider:

  • Screening selected matches at work – bear in mind that all nationalities within your workplace must be treated equally, to avoid any claims of discrimination.
  • Allowing people to work from home, leave early or take time off in lieu, providing that the employee puts their request in writing well in advance and that it is approved in writing by [Xwho?X] in advance.
  • Temporarily relaxing the company’s policy regarding personal internet use while at work to allow team members to watch on-line. Remember to be clear on how much time they are allowed eg can they watch all of the pre and post match commentary as well as the game?
  • Moving or extending lunch breaks or work start and finish times.

National Living and Minimum Wage Rates from April 2023

The rates below will apply from April 2023.

This means that someone aged 23+, working an average of 37.5 hours a week must be paid a minimum of £20,319.00 per annum with effect from April 2023.

Rate From 2023Current RateIncrease
National Living Wage£10.42£9.509.7%
21-22 Year Old Rate£10.18£9.1810.9%
18-20 Year Old Rate£7.49£6.839.7%
16-17 Year Old Rate£5.28£4.819.7%
Apprentice£5.28£4.819.7%

Forthcoming Holiday

Please note that I will be on holiday for 2 weeks from 28th November 2022. One of my Associates will be on hand to provide any ad hoc advice and guidance in my absence. Their contact details will be available on my out of office.