Acas has released two new guides on The 2018 World Cup and Religion or Belief Discrimination.

The 2018 World Cup

The World Cup will take place in Russia between Thursday 14 June and Sunday 15 July.

Employers who are worried about staff productivity should start planning as soon as possible to reduce the impact that the World Cup could have on their business.

The guidance covers:

  • Planning ahead
  • Taking a flexible approach
  • Time off
  • Sickness absence
  • Websites and social networking
  • Drinking or being under the influence at work

Religion or belief discrimination

The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against or treat someone unfairly because of religion or belief, or their lack of religion or belief.

The guidance covers:

  • Overview
  • Key areas where discrimination can happen
  • Job duties and religion or belief
  • Talking about religion or belief at work
  • Food and fasting
  • Making a claim for religion or belief discrimination
  • Protected characteristics video


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