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Bosses 'should allow time for staff to watch Olympics'

Employers should consider introducing flexible working in the coming weeks to allow sports fans to watch the Olympics, experts have said.

Workers should be allowed time to watch the Olympics, Acas said Credit: PA

Conciliation service Acas issued has issued guidance urging bosses to consider allowing staff to start later or finish early and make up time on different days. They should also be allowed to swap shifts, the advice adds.

Acas chairman Sir Brendan Barber said flexible working agreements could help managers get the best from their teams.

Rio 2016 will be an exciting event for many sports fans but staff should avoid getting disqualified for unreasonable demands or behaviour in the workplace during this period.

Many businesses need to maintain a certain staffing level in order to survive and sprint to that finish line.

Employers should have a set of simple workplace agreements in place before the starting gun goes off for the Olympic Games.

These agreements can help ensure businesses remain productive whilst keeping staff happy too, which are key ingredients for a gold medal winning team line up.

– Sir Brendan Barber, Acas

Ice cream drone trialled at Mablethorpe beach

Beach-goers in Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire, could soon have ice creams delivered directly to their deckchairs – by drone.

Trials have been carried out by drone operator Michael Kheng, who says the devices are fitted with three GPS sensors and can carry a weight of 1.2 kg - the equivalent of 10 ice creams.

Rock and Ices, based yards from the beach, is now awaiting Civil Aviation Authority approval to ensure safety at the seaside.

This was the reaction on the beach today:

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