Employers Worry About World Cup Absentees

A Dutch insurer has a new policy ready for the national soccer team's World Cup run beginning in June. It's offering employers insurance against a sudden rise in staff sick days. Companies have learned about the problem from bitter experience. Two years ago, tens of thousands of Dutch workers called in sick during the European Championships. On game days, sickness levels rose 20 percent.

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A Dutch insurer has a new policy ready for the national soccer team's World Cup matches beginning in June. It's offering employers insurance against a sudden rise in staff sick days. Companies have learned about the problem from bitter experience. Two years ago, tens of thousands of Dutch workers called in sick during the European Championships. On days the national team played, sickness levels rose 20 percent.

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