Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Away, but back now

Forgive me dear readers, I've been away from the keys and when I got back I found all I was up to was sleeping, punctuated by eating, reading, doing crosswords and amusing the baby. What is it about a really good holiday that makes you exhausted when you get home?

Anyway, this is where I was for a week before Xmas, with my two favourite males:


Hope y'all are having lovely breaks, if you are getting them, and if you're not don't forget you are entitled to time and a half and a day off in lieu for working a public holiday. Claim it while you still can!

7 comments:

lovestitches said...

The best holidays are the ones where you get home so tired you need a holiday to recover.

Anonymous said...

can i be a real pain and post an industrial uniony type question. Do people employed as casuals or through employment agencies receive the time 1.5 + day in lieu on public holidays?

Anna said...

Very good questions...also, what exactly is the status of someone employed through an agency? Who's the employer, the agency or the person you're actually working for?

Julie said...

All sorts of funny things happen to casuals, especially those employed through agencies. I remember Laila Harre talking at Drinking Liberally earlier in the year about a bizarre situation where if a supermarket wants to offer a permanent job to someone they were giving work to through an agency they have to pay a substantial release fee to the agency or something like that. It's a weird area that I'm not very familiar with I'm afraid. Most of the workers I deal with are on pretty strong collectives and never have to work a public holiday to start with.

For workers and public holidays in general, the ERS has this handy online tool that may help you work it out for your own situation. Hope that helps!

millsy said...

Watch out for moves on Xmas and Easter trading hours under the new Government....

Anna said...

One of us could get Laila to do a guest post about this sort of stuff?

Hugh said...

It's been a while since I was casual, but when I was, my employer was the agency, and any concerns I had about my workplace had to go through them.

I wasn't paid extra for working odd work hours, but I got a 6% bonus on top of my regular pay to 'compensate' for this.

What I found most frustrating was that I wasn't able to work for long periods around Christmas, because my employer was closed but it wasn't a statutory holiday, so I recieved no pay. This would have been hard enough to save for if not for the constant pressure from advertising and my peers to spend large on Xmas presents. Happy days.