May 29th, 2008


Posted in The Job - General by 200

Not really got time to post up a thought-out blog today (so what’s new?) So I thought I’d ask a question?

This will probably be only for those in the job unless employment law in this regard extends to us too.

If you get a rest day cancelled and happen to lose out financially, the job doesn’t have to pay you a bean extra. So if they give you 15 days’ notice they just change your day off and you get paid normal rates. i.e. no overtime. If I happened to be taking my wife to the theatre that night & lose out £120 on the tickets, the job just says ‘tough shit’.

My understanding is that if you are cancelled an annual leave day, then they do have to compensate you for financial loss. Is this correct? And if it is correct, are we within our rights to book annual leave on all our rest days, so that when they are cancelled we have to be reimbursed our losses, because right now, it’s beginning to look like we can’t plan anything with our families in case our day off is cancelled.

I’m not at work for a few days (leave!!!) so can’t ask around yet, I just thought there might be someone out there who knows.

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  1. J says:

    Take a look on this fed site

    May 29th, 2008 at 15:17

  2. Annette says:

    I honestly do not know the answer to this one, it does seem very unfair to be truthful.
    But you should be able to speak to someone who should know the answer to this.

    May 29th, 2008 at 16:15

  3. Litew8 says:

    Sounds like a tough situation to be in… I have a similar problem coming up. I am getting married in August next year… and if I don’t get a rest day (because I will be in the job by then surely) I am stuffed… and it’s not as if she can get married without me…

    I will be interested to read what your findings are on this one…

    Fingers crossed…

    L :)

    May 29th, 2008 at 19:00

  4. some bloke says:

    I have seen this problem, of cancelled rest days, aired on a number of Police bloggs and, while no expert on employment law I am confident that in most jobs ( both public and private sector ) any employee who suffered financial loss due to the re-arrangement of his prior booked holiday/rest day would be entitled to compensation for any finacial losses.
    In most jobs, once a day is booked ” off ” that is it, you won’t be in on that day, period. This seems to me a far more important issue for Police officers than some piffling % of none backdated pay ( ie that as with Litew8 above who says he can’t even arrange his marriage date) . No other workers would countenance this for one moment.

    It may not be ( but probaly is ) covered in employment law but it is most cetainly in terms of good manners, staff morale and the ephemeral concept of “goodwill”.

    May 29th, 2008 at 20:25

  5. tim says:

    Some Bloke,

    The issue is that Police Officers are not employees but hold an office, therefore a lot of employment law does not apply. Excigiences(?) of service and all that

    Don’t upset the Duties

    May 29th, 2008 at 23:45

  6. Vicki says:

    You do get compensated for annual leave days that are cancelled. You get the leave day back and either another annual leave day or 8 hours double pay. Our force has a way round this as you cannot book annual leave on rest days only, there has to be at least one day either side which is a working day.
    I have done this, in order to ensure that I got a rest day off I booked the last shift of nights off and the 2 rest days following it. It turned out to be lucrative as i had to stay on for an hour an a half , which meant I was working into an annual leave day.
    It was such a hassle to get the money that it isn’t a good way to earn extra money.

    June 1st, 2008 at 10:20

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