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By dimtimjim
Giving: DTJ Jnr wants some 'beats by Dre' (even though when we talked about it; she has no idea who Dr. Dre is, but that's ok) and Mrs DTJ Jnr wants a laptop/notebook for college stuff (and social networking, no doubt). Mrs DTJ is getting her car MOT'd (not the most romantic gift, but one she needs, none the less).

Receiving: Who knows, probably not much (prob usual socks n Lynx), but that's ok; Christmas is about giving.
By bmstinton93
dimtimjim wrote:Mrs DTJ Jnr wants a laptop/notebook for college stuff (and social networking, no doubt).

I hear there is a very good collection of porn on those things as well.

Also, age dependant maybe load up my email address and Skype before giving it to her?
By swaddon1903
Topher wrote:Where do you work?

Boots Service Centre. Packing and sending out people's orders on
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By Topher
They make you work Christmas Day unless you book it off?!
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By chrysostom
Topher wrote:They make you work Christmas Day unless you book it off?!

Some Lawyer wrote:Unfortunately workers don’t have an automatic right to paid leave on bank and public holidays, though many people receive the day off work. Any right to time off or extra pay for working on a bank holiday depends on the terms of your contract of employment.

If for example, your contract states that you are entitled to “28 days holiday plus all bank and public holidays” you should have the contractual right to take the Christmas bank holidays off work, plus any others that are listed for 2012.
But if the wording in your contract differs and instead states that you are entitled to take “Christmas day as bank holiday” the extra public holidays surrounding Christmas may not included, even if Christmas day falls on a weekend.

It is therefore wise for workers to carefully read the wording of their contract before automatically assuming that they are entitled to the day off work.

It is also worth noting that in order to qualify for the right to annual leave you need to be classed as a worker. If you are self-employed, you have no statutory right to paid leave for bank holidays.
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By Nicola_Red
Yeah, my contract states that I must work bank holidays as required, which is why I almost had to work Boxing Day. But thankfully we're closed on Christmas Day. My dad was a milkman when I was a kid and he used to work Christmas Day morning.
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By dimtimjim
When I used to work in hospitality trade, I used to love working Christmas day - double time and usually £50-80 in tips for 5 hours work... Seemed ok to me at the time, although now being a Dad, working C-Day would annoy me more...
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By Topher
Yep, I understand all that... but swaddon1903's job doesn't seem like one where it's particularly reasonable to make them work Christmas Day.
By swaddon1903
Topher wrote:They make you work Christmas Day unless you book it off?!

No, They aren't open on Christmas Day, but I'm forced to use a day's holiday entitlement, or else I wouldn't get paid for it.
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By Topher
That is * rubbish.
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By Topher
It may be common practice, but it is still * shit and they shouldn't be allowed to do it. Employers should (and I thought this was coming in) be stopped from making you take public holidays from your holiday entitlement.
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By chrysostom
In order to have the day off with or without pay?

The alternative is asking for all public holidays to be assigned as mandatory paid leave, which would presumably have significant effects on small businesses/SMEs and pay rates to work on said bank holidays?
By christmasjames
There are many diff er ent names for Santa these inc lude:

Santa Claus
Father Chr itsmas
Kris Kringle
Sa int Nicholas
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