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freddiefrog Tue 19-Mar-13 13:54:31

This has been going round and round for weeks now, I'm sick of arguing about it and getting to the point where I'm doubting myself.

I'm contracted to work 2 days a week (Wednesday & Thursday) so my holiday allowance is pro-rata - 35 days for full time employees, mine is 14 days.

I want a week off during the Easter holidays so put in a holiday request ages and ages ago, it was signed off and all ok.

Then I get an email to say that my days had changed to Monday & Tuesday due to my holiday on Weds/Thurs.

So I phone and point out I'm not working at all I have booked holiday for the 2 days I'm contracted.

Office lady says yes, she knows I'm on holiday, that's why she's changed my days

I say no, I'm using my holiday allowance, I'm not swapping days, I'm on holiday all week.

She says, no, if I want the whole week off, I need to book the whole week off - i.e. use up 5 days.

I've tried explaining until I'm blue in the face that I only need to book holiday to cover my actual contracted hours, if I'm just swapping days, I'm not on holiday. We're now in a stand off.

AIBU to think I am right? Aren't I?

I'm managing to completely confuse myself, so I'm not sure anymore confused

RobotLover68 Tue 19-Mar-13 13:55:50

You're right - I work Tuesdays and Wednesdays and I book those 2 days off

eggso Tue 19-Mar-13 13:56:03

Of course YANBU! You don't work 5 days so why book off 5 days???

DragonMamma Tue 19-Mar-13 13:56:27

Jesus. She sounds pretty thick.

You are right, of course.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 19-Mar-13 13:56:45

You're right :-)

DawnOfTheDee Tue 19-Mar-13 13:56:47

You are right.

Merrylegs Tue 19-Mar-13 13:57:01

She is bonkers. You are right.

Poledra Tue 19-Mar-13 13:57:18

You're right- I work 4 days, and when I put in my holiday sheet, I only book those 4 days. They don't pay me for Fridays, so it's not holiday!

DeepRedBetty Tue 19-Mar-13 13:57:19

Surely if you're contracted to work on Wednesdays and Thursdays they can't ask you to work on other days? What if you had a 'portfolio' career and usually did something else on other days?

Might be worth reposting in Employment or Legal, although AIBU does get the most traffic...

Smellslikecatspee Tue 19-Mar-13 13:57:46

You're right

If she was right you should have 35 days A/L to use

lljkk Tue 19-Mar-13 13:59:09

yanbu, no idea how you fix that. It doesn't sound like rocket science.

freddiefrog Tue 19-Mar-13 13:59:16


I'm sure I'm right, but she's equally convinced she's right and this whole ridiculous palaver has gone on for weeks so I'm beginning to wonder if I actually am

ENormaSnob Tue 19-Mar-13 13:59:17

You are completely right.

She is thick as fuck not.

What do hr say?

verytellytubby Tue 19-Mar-13 13:59:30

She sounds stupid.

Merrylegs Tue 19-Mar-13 13:59:41

How can you take a holiday from a job you aren't doing? ie you don't work Mon and Tues so how can you take it as holiday? Does that mean you have to take every Monday and Tuesday as holiday? Madness.

BaronessBomburst Tue 19-Mar-13 13:59:55

She's bonkers. confused

You work Weds and Thurs. You want Weds and Thurs off, so you take two days holiday. How difficult can it be?

<this is based on common sense, not an understanding of UK employment law> grin

thefirstmrsrochester Tue 19-Mar-13 14:00:16

You are right. And by her argument, if you wanted a week off, a week was 7 days last time I checked, so you would require 7 days holiday. She is wrong and you need to contact HR.

InkySkink Tue 19-Mar-13 14:00:45

You're right. If she were correct you would have less than 3 weeks holiday. In the UK the legal minimum is 5.6 weeks.

flossy101 Tue 19-Mar-13 14:01:26

How can she think she is right?!

If you had to work two days for booking off two days you'd never take holidays, completely defeats the object?!

Is she new?

urbanturban Tue 19-Mar-13 14:01:30

You are right........jeezo, it's a wonder the office lady managed to get to work OK as it sounds like her brain is NOT working today!

I am part-time too and this sort of stuff DOES mess with your head.......don't get me started on getting pro-rata'd amounts of public holidays..........grin

freddiefrog Tue 19-Mar-13 14:03:29

Unfortunately she is HR.

I just didn't want to kick off at my boss, if by some chance she was right. I'm going to email and copy my boss in, he can sort it out

fengirl1 Tue 19-Mar-13 14:03:42

Freddie, a letter is in order...

Dear Office Lady,
As there seems to be some confusion regarding my forthcoming absence from work, I am writing to clarify the situation.
I do not intend to be work at on [insert whole week's dates here]. Since only two of the days are days on which I am contracted to work, I shall need only two days holiday. These have already been signed off by [whoever].
[Insert optional sarcastic comment here.]

YANBU by the way! smile

mummymeister Tue 19-Mar-13 14:03:50

you are right so what you need to do now is prove to her that you are right and she is wrong. ask her if she works a 5 day week. if she does and she wants a day off then say "Ok Ms X you have Friday off so that means you will come in and work Sunday then". Go to HR, go to various union websites where this is explained but please get it sorted before you go on leave. She is being thick. if you have to take 5 days leave then you need to have the full AL entitlement. she wants to have her cake and eat it!

CrazyOldCatLady Tue 19-Mar-13 14:03:51

You need to talk to someone other than her about it. She's bonkers.

DragonMamma Tue 19-Mar-13 14:03:59

Just tell her to call ACAS and that should put her right.

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