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The 2016 UEFA European Championship takes place in France, with the group stages commencing on the evening of Friday, 10 June at 20:00, when France play Romania in Paris. Wales and England are both in group B and play their first matches on Saturday, 11 June at 17:00 and 20:00 respectively. Northern Ireland have their first Group C match on Sunday, 12 June at 17:00. The final is scheduled for Sunday, 10 July.

European Football _Sydney Mitchell Solicitors Employment Law SpecialistsEmployers who have not already done so should ensure they have policies in place to deal with any issues that could arise and that employees fully understand them.

To help employers achieve a balance between flexibility and productivity in a way that is consistent and fair to all members of staff, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service has published guidance covering the main issues. These are likely to be:

  • last-minute requests for annual leave;
  • sickness absence; and
  • Internet and social media use during working hours.

If you are considering adopting flexible working arrangements, it is important that these do not discriminate against staff who support teams other than the home nations. Many workers from abroad will be supporting their own national teams. Nor should any arrangements made have an adverse effect on workers who have no interest in football.

The guidance can be found at


A full list of the fixtures can be found at


For advice on any employment law matters, please contact Jade Linton on 0121 746 3300 email, j.linton@sydneymitchell.co.uk or complete our online enquiry form.


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