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UKbride Member Request 18 Jun 2017

I have a problem... My daughter is my bridesmaids and about to start a new...

I have a problem... My daughter is my bridesmaids and about to start a new job. She's just called to tell me they won't let her have time off .... I always thought if u start a new job and have a commitment rh holiday they should honor it any one got some advice please

32 Comments
Lucy Lewis
Lucy Lewis 18 Jun 2017

Hi yes you are right :)

Donna Chiles
Donna Chiles 18 Jun 2017

I thought so Thanks x

Lucy Lewis
Lucy Lewis 18 Jun 2017

Hi Donna your welcome all the best :)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jun 2017

We do x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jun 2017

It shouldn't be a problem I started a new job 2 weeks before my wedding and while I always work on a Saturday I automatically got my wedding day off work. I would really be pushing it and tell her to be firm with her boss x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jun 2017

Depends on the job your In xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jun 2017

No employer is obligated to honour pre booked holiday because although it was booked before she started the job, they never authorised it. That being said most places with any decency would honour it especially for something like a close family members wedding. She needs to really try and talk to her boss, maybe as a compromise she could get them to agree to let her have the time off unpaid, that may be an option. Good luck x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jun 2017

Most employers will honour prebooked time off but they're not legally obliged to do so. My work do as have every other employer I've worked for.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jun 2017

If they've got a shred of decency and care about their staff, they'll honour it. Most employers ask if you have any holidays when they interview you

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jun 2017

So long as she told them about it at the interview stages/before job offer then they have to let her have it off. If she started the job/was offered the job and then she told them, I'm afraid they have every right to refuse the time off. Let's hope it all gets sorted for the best though.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jun 2017

You have to make them aware of any dates already pre booked in the interview so they have chance to not give her the job of it doesn't suit them as far as I'm aware. Hope it gets sorted for you would be such a shame to not have her there x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jun 2017

If you inform them at interview they are obligated to honour them as they make the offer of employment knowing your holiday dates x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jun 2017

She shouldn't be working there if they won't give her a day off for her mother's wedding. No care for their staff at all, what a bunch of TWATS. Excuse my language.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jun 2017

I had my hen do, graduation, wedding and honey moon booked before i got the job. Was awkward to tell about it during my interview but they were ok with it and still offered me a job!

Julia Sweetman
Julia Sweetman 18 Jun 2017

They should normally honour it for her I'd be having words with the new company. I just started a new job and went on holiday 2nd week in for a week and they honoured it. X

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jun 2017

Is she in a union at her new job as they would help

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jun 2017

My partner started uni well was seconded through work and if he hadnt already had his sisters wedding booked off they wouldnt have let him go!!!! X

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jun 2017

If we take new starters on we ask in the interview if they have any holidays booked,if they have our company honours their holidays. Good luck x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jun 2017

" they have to let her have it off" they dont have to let her have it off, they have every right to decline her request.

Holly Marshall-Clarke
Holly Marshall-Clarke 18 Jun 2017

Guess she'll be calling in sick then lol as if they think she'd miss it..... Lol x

Catriona White
Catriona White 18 Jun 2017

It depends what she said before she was hired. I had 2 commitments for holidays prior to starting my new job and I told them when I interviewed. I made it quite clear that these were non negotiable so once I was hired I had them off. If she failed to mention a commitment then I'm afraid it's entirely within the employers rights (although quite mean) to refuse. Would she be able to swap with a kind colleague to get it off? Really hope you sort it's that's the worst sort of stress!!

Lindsay Coombes
Lindsay Coombes 18 Jun 2017

Sounds like she could do with getting a different job! Any place not willing to respect a pre-arranged commitment especially the persons mums wedding, sounds like not a great place to work anyway. Goodluck I hope it sorts out x

Jayne Timmins
Jayne Timmins 18 Jun 2017

Normally yes, did she tell them and what job does she have?

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jun 2017

If she tells them at the interview or the first week I believe they have to however if she hasn't mentioned and has been there a while then I don't think she can prove it was booked prior to starting

Naomi Chappel
Naomi Chappel 18 Jun 2017

They really should honour it. It's not like she is expecting to have a month off or anything unreasonable. X

Donna Chiles
Donna Chiles 19 Jun 2017

She told them she needed 2 days off all she got was there are workers who are off on holiday it's going to completely ruin our wedding if she's not there :-( x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Jun 2017

In UK law they dont have to honour the leave

http://www.xperthr.co.uk/faq/can-an-employer-cancel-an-employees-booked-period-of-annual-leave/156224/?cmpid=ILC|PROF|HRPIO-2013-110-XHR_free_content_links|ptod_article&sfid=701w0000000uNMa

Can an employer cancel an employee's booked period of annual leave?

Yes, an employer can cancel an employee's period of annual leave if it gives the required notice. Under reg.15 of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (SI 1998/1833), an employer can require an employee not to take annual leave on particular days by giving the employee notice of at least the same length as the period of leave to be cancelled. For example, if the employee has booked a period of four days' annual leave, the employer must give at least four days' notice of cancellation

https://www.elliswhittam.com/can-i-refuse-cancel-employees-holiday/
There are some myths about annual leave that seem to linger no matter how untrue they are.

Two of the most persistent myths are that firstly, an employer cannot refuse a request for annual leave and secondly, they cannot cancel pre-approved annual leave.

Employers have more of a say over annual leave than they may actually think. Let us dismiss these myths and tell you the law.

Refusing annual leave

An employer can refuse a request for annual leave. For example, many of your employees in the same team or department may wish to take holiday at the same time, particularly over Easter, Christmas or summer. However, it may not be feasible for you to grant two or three requests as you need to ensure that business needs are met.

To say no to a request, you must give the employee counter notice. The length of the notice must be equivalent to the period of leave that the employee was trying to book.

It is also possible that you oblige employees to take annual leave at certain times of the year, for example, if you close at Christmas time. Alternatively, there may be times when you may decide to prohibit employees taking annual leave at particularly busy times which require all hands on deck.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Jun 2017

I would take them anyway, she did tell them after all

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Jun 2017

yes but only if she mentioned all her holidays in the interview

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Jun 2017

Yes they should honnor her hoilday tell her. Go union or citizen advice and and if she not in union join one you can join a union any point all you have do is pay in and when ever you pay in they will help even if the place off work don't believe in union they can't stop them from.beinh involved

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Jun 2017

Tell her call in sick cant loose your job for that

Emma Raisborough
Emma Raisborough 21 Jun 2017

Most places are happy to accommodate prebooked holidays, especially for things like weddings, however they have no legal obligation to do so. If she made them aware of this before accepting the job they should honour it. If she can't get it off maybe she can just call in sick on the days require - not a lot they can do about it

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