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Bosses ban April Fools pranks

01 Apr 2008

Bosses ban April Fools pranks Students in part time jobs over the Easter holidays have been warned that nearly 80 per cent of bosses are banning April Fools jokes, according to a new report.

Research from Peninsula has revealed that 76 per cent of employers were going to ban any practical jokes in fear of litigation.

David Price, head of employee relations at Peninsula, said: "Practical jokes this April 1st may seem funny at first but the chances are, as an employer, you won't be laughing as victimised workers can take you to employment tribunal."

He added that any workers who feel strongly about pranks on April 1st may have reason to "take their complaint to court".

Also revealed in the research was that 42 per cent of managers who had been surveyed by the company said that they had received complaints by annoyed workers in the past because of April Fools Day pranks.

Mr Price concluded that even pranks which seem innocent can "result in harassment claims".

In related news a report has revealed that 44 per cent of manager claim to have been bullied at work in the last year.

Research by the Work Life Balance Centre and Conventry University has also revealed that the areas which are worst for workplace bullying are the south-west, Yorkshire and Greater London.

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