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    Royal Wedding : Boss won't give day off

    My friends employer won't give Royal wedding day off. He argues that it is not a bank holiday and he doesn't have to give it off. In an act of 'generousity', he has told them he will let them finish at 1.30, however, in the preceeding days they all must work 2 hours extra to make up for it.

    I have said this is ridiculous. The wedding is at 11am, and will be over by 2pm. To make it worse, no offence to anyone, but the workplace is mostly women, and I am sure many will want to see the ceremony, the dresses, the guests, etc. in the morning. The Direct gov website shows it is a bank holiday.

    Any comments what to do?

    Funnily enough I work for an employer that has to work that day. However I am compensated with double time and a day off. My friends employer is a retail shop.

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    To be honest, i don;t give a beep about the wedding so would make my employees work lol

    Original Poster

    Maybe, but i am not asking for comments on the wedding, I wouldn't be interested either.

    I sure I heard that employers don't have to give it off if they don't want to?

    i know for a fact were i work wont shut for the wedding ! they wouldnt shut xmas day if they didnt have to !

    it is upto the employer at the end of the day, regardless of a bank holiday or not, North Ayrshire Council have refused to give their employees the day off as it will cost thousands.

    Argh bless, wonder if all the lads and lasses in Afghan are getting double time or days in lieu.

    I remember when the site we were working on closed for Diana's funeral and we weren't allowed to work,What a waste of a day that was,

    tonyg1962I remember when the site we were working on closed for Diana's … tonyg1962I remember when the site we were working on closed for Diana's funeral and we weren't allowed to work,What a waste of a day that was


    yes i remember that day too, wanted to work it but boss said no the place was closed, had to suffer the wife watching it on tv.

    depends on what country your in.
    in northern ireland its down to the employer on whether or not they want to give you the day off.
    which a lot of them wont because its a direct cost to them and they will be losing out considerably....
    its not ridiculous really - if the money was coming directly out of your pocket you might not be so quick to demand that she gets it

    Am I entitled to have the Bank holiday off work?This information applies … Am I entitled to have the Bank holiday off work?This information applies to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern IrelandYou are entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks' holiday a year. This is called statutory holiday. To work out how many days holiday you can take a year, you need to multiply 5.6 by the number of days you work in a week.However, you do not have an automatic right to take bank or public holidays off work, with or without pay. This will depend on your employment contract.Your employment contact may say that you have the right to statutory holidays or it may not say anything about contractual holidays or statutory holidays. In these cases, your employer can: * ask you to work bank or public holidays, or * give you bank and public holidays off without paying you for them. In this case, you won't lose your right to take your full statutory holiday at some other point, or * give you bank and public holidays off and pay you for them but ask you to count them towards your statutory holiday entitlement, or * do a combination of all of these.

    i believe (not an expert) they are entitled to the day off, but not to be paid for it( so either they go unpaid or work another day). how much bank holiday pay will depend on your contract.

    at least thats how it works at my job
    Edited by: "athunder" 20th Feb 2011

    Original Poster

    Thanks for some of the practical answers... at the end of the day she was really suprised the boss wouldn't be generous enough to give the day off although he thinks he tries to make out he is doing them a favour. The workplace is mostly women and quite a number were hoping to see the wedding. Appreciated the wedding won't bother everyone.

    Yes, some people will be compensated, paid more, given a day off another time. The government have declared it a public holiday. Yes, pales into insignificance that some people are fighting in Afghanistan and others in the police and ambulance will be fighting with drunks on the street. As I said, i am working too. However, life goes on for everyone else, and quite simply we were trying to establish if workers made to work should be compensated or the day should be given as a right.

    To be honest in the current climate I'd just be happy I had a job. Before the date was announced it was a normal day, does your friend have any special plans if they did have the day off?

    My OH has come into bother with her employer regarding bank holidays as well, though her place will only give 20 days and not the 28 required by law. In essence, they can say close up shop for the day or stay open and just offer another day onto the holiday allowance for that year.

    I've put three days holiday in and getting eleven days off :D. Its not relevant, I'd just thought I'd mention it.

    employers dont have to give it off - mine is though

    boabbyrab

    it is upto the employer at the end of the day, regardless of a bank … it is upto the employer at the end of the day, regardless of a bank holiday or not, North Ayrshire Council have refused to give their employees the day off as it will cost thousands.



    Well, the word hasn't made it to my council yet..... Our schools have been given an extra day off, even though they are on holiday for easter on the Wedding day, my kids primary school has decided to take July 16th off as the extra day, obviously 14wks a year isn't enough....... absolute disgrace !!!!

    I love how in this Country people just expect Bank Holidays off.Try getting a job like lots of us that don't even get a full break & that's the norm.
    Also don't even get a paid day for working a bank holiday.......Welcome to the catering trade.

    Rant over.

    curtlyb

    Well, the word hasn't made it to my council yet..... Our schools have … Well, the word hasn't made it to my council yet..... Our schools have been given an extra day off, even though they are on holiday for easter on the Wedding day, my kids primary school has decided to take July 16th off as the extra day, obviously 14wks a year isn't enough....... absolute disgrace !!!!

    This because the Teachers only get around 10 PAID weeks holiday a year :-/

    Another day off its a disgrace everthing that employers do nothing but give all the time and what do they get in return, nothing thats what, take take take thats us brits. These poor companys that are making billions a year another hole day off would just break them they have tax bills to pay remember lol

    BlackCloud

    Thanks for some of the practical answers... at the end of the day she was … Thanks for some of the practical answers... at the end of the day she was really suprised the boss wouldn't be generous enough to give the day off although he thinks he tries to make out he is doing them a favour. The workplace is mostly women and quite a number were hoping to see the wedding. Appreciated the wedding won't bother everyone.Yes, some people will be compensated, paid more, given a day off another time. The government have declared it a public holiday. Yes, pales into insignificance that some people are fighting in Afghanistan and others in the police and ambulance will be fighting with drunks on the street. As I said, i am working too. However, life goes on for everyone else, and quite simply we were trying to establish if workers made to work should be compensated or the day should be given as a right.




    why should workers be compensated? the employer certainly wont be for his loss of employees or business! and in reality he is doing them a favour.....he doesnt have to let them out at all
    and i dont really think soldiers in afganhistan need to be brought into this

    we're not getting it off, as we are open 364 days a year - xmas day is the only time we close lol

    Original Poster

    AndyMack...Your point reminds me of Scrooge in a Christmas Carol. Giving Christmas Day off to employees is defrauding the employer! You might not like Bank Holidays but the fact is they exist and there are arrangements to compensate employees in some companies. Hopefully as you don't agree with it, you have chosen to work for an employer that either doesn't give you the day off or pay you any compensation. As I do agree with it, I am compensated but my job means I work any of 365 days a year and am out at night dealing with things many people couldn't imagine. However, I was simply enquiring what the rules were in order to help a friend understand what her position was.

    The point about about soldiers in Afghanistan is made originally by someone else earlier in the thread. i was responding to that.
    Edited by: "BlackCloud" 20th Feb 2011

    Nice to see a bunch of parasites getting married at OUR expense!!

    oh dont get me wrong i would love the day off and as an employee i enjoy my bank holidays.
    but you are only looking at it from the employees point of view, the employer is running a business not a charity and in the current climate people should be happy they have a bloomin job never mind expecting additional holidays

    unless your "friend" is going to the wedding then why should she expect to get it off.

    cant you say ur nans tooth fell out and u got to take her to the dentists

    tonypop

    Nice to see a bunch of parasites getting married at OUR expense!!


    Pretty sure that the taxpayer is only paying small amount. Besides which the revenue created via tourism and wedding tat will be greater than taxpayers cost.

    tonypop

    Nice to see a bunch of parasites getting married at OUR expense!!



    A bunch oO I thought it was only two of them getting married

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    ants97

    unless your "friend" is going to the wedding then why should she expect … unless your "friend" is going to the wedding then why should she expect to get it off.



    'Cos the Prime Minister said she would.

    Original Poster

    Exactly... it's declared a bank holiday. Yes, it is a... 'friend'.

    guv

    'Cos the Prime Minister said she would.



    all that said is that it was going to be a bank holiday, doesn't mean your definately going to get it off especially if they work in retail.

    Original Poster

    ants97

    all that said is that it was going to be a bank holiday, doesn't mean … all that said is that it was going to be a bank holiday, doesn't mean your definately going to get it off especially if they work in retail.



    Oh man... which is why i started this thread asking this very thing and making this point

    BlackCloud

    Oh man... which is why i started this thread asking this very thing and … Oh man... which is why i started this thread asking this very thing and making this point



    It doesn't matter if your employer, sorry your friends employer thinks its a bank holiday or not, my point is why should she expect the full day off if she's not actually been invited to the damn wedding. She should know that (working in retail especially) just because it's a bank holiday doesn't autmoatically mean your going to get the day off.

    yeah i can see it now.
    it's a bank holiday and people who have no interest in the wedding are **** off because there is is no shops opened cos the big bosses decide to shut for the day.

    Why do people keep saying she is lucky to have a job in the current climate, according to our fearsome leaders there are sack loads of jobs out there arent there and those who are unlucky enough to lose theres in the public sector will just be absorbed by the private one........ Wont they.

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    dc7911

    Another day off its a disgrace everthing that employers do nothing but … Another day off its a disgrace everthing that employers do nothing but give all the time and what do they get in return, nothing thats what, take take take thats us brits. These poor companys that are making billions a year another hole day off would just break them they have tax bills to pay remember lol



    yes, i agree, as the only people who employ staff make billions every year. There is no such thing as a small business, and no companies ever go into liquidation.

    All holidays and days off should be abolished, you should have to work 365 days a year 12 hours a day lol !

    dc7911

    Why do people keep saying she is lucky to have a job in the current … Why do people keep saying she is lucky to have a job in the current climate, according to our fearsome leaders there are sack loads of jobs out there arent there and those who are unlucky enough to lose theres in the public sector will just be absorbed by the private one........ Wont they.


    2.5 million out of work people would disagree

    I'm a bit surprised by this i thought everybdoy would have it off, but i work for a bank so i guess maybe thats different because it's in our contracts that we have all bank holidays off.
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