Recruiters warned not to follow Japanese firm and compensate non-smokers

Recruiters would be ill advised to follow the example of a company in Japan and give non-smoking consultants additional leave as compensation for ‘lost cigarette breaks’.

The warning follows BBC reports that Japanese firm Piala decided to give non-smoking staff six extra paid leave days a year after they complained they were working longer hours than their cigarette-craving counterparts.

As smokers are not a protected group under anti-discrimination law, recruiters are...

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