Thousands of workers across the country are expected to pull a sickie today for the first episode of the final season of Game of Thrones.
The world’s most-watched television series – which will be airing Mondays at 11AM AEST – will see millions around the world tuning in to see who will take the notorious Iron Throne.
Slater and Gordon employment lawyer Daniel Stojanoski said he expects many workers to take Monday off, legally by taking leave and illegally by claiming falsely to be sick.
“I can definitely say there will be a bigger rate of people taking the day off to watch Game of Thrones because it’s a Monday, it’s convenient,” he said.
“Also, the Eagles and the Dockers are playing on Saturday night. Perth Glory is playing on Sunday night at home. What a wonderful epic long weekend bender!
“Watch the footy, watch the football, watch Game of Thrones.”
Stojanoski advises workers to avoid pretending to be sick and instead take leave or ask their employer for flexibility, such as starting and finishing later or taking an early lunch.
Game of Thrones Season 8 starts today at 11AM AEST on Foxtel.