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christmas issues

The season of goodwill can unfortunately sometimes bring tidings of great woe to people at work. These tips are offered as guidance through some of the possible pitfalls of the festive season, so you can have a safe and refreshing holiday.

  • I have normally been paid a bonus at Xmas. This year my boss hasn't given me one but I was counting on it. Do I have a right to a bonus?  more...
  • Iíve taken a temporary Christmas job, but it doesnít pay the minimum wage - is this legal?  more...
  • Can my employer count Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year's Day as part of my paid leave entitlement?   more...
  • I donít want to take a holiday, but my employer is closing the business over the festive season and wants me to use my annual leave. Do I have to?  more...
  • Christmas is a busy period in my company. My employer wants me to come in to work, but Iíd like to take a holiday. Do I have to work?  more...
  • How much should I get paid during my holidays?  more...
  • My boss says that we are too busy during the Christmas period for me to take a break at work Ė is this legal?  more...
  • Can I accept Christmas gifts from other suppliers?  more...
  • Is it illegal for me to be at work if I've had a few drinks?   more...
  • What should my employer do about colleagues who get drunk at Christmas parties?  more...
  • I've started a relationship with a colleague I met at our Christmas party. Will my employer have a problem with this?  more...
  • My boss made a pass at me at the Christmas party. He said if I complained, it would end my chances of promotion. What can I do?  more...
  • I work in hospitality over Christmas. Can loud music damage my hearing?   more...
  • My office is freezing! Do I have to stay at work without heating?  more...
  • I have to drive a lot for work over the winter, what should I be aware of?  more...
  • Our office parties can get a bit out of hand when people start playing pranks. Will our photocopier support anyone's weight?  more...
  • I'm 16 and have got a Saturday job as a Santa's helper in the local supermarket. They only pay me £3.72 an hour, but my mate who's 18 gets £5.03. Is that right?  more...
  • We've always had a free Christmas lunch but this year they're asking us to pay £20 each. Can they do this without even asking us about it?  more...
  • We've heard that because our employers suspect that everyone is doing their Christmas shopping online, they are monitoring our web use. Can they do this without telling us?  more...
  • My company wants me to work Christmas Day this year. Do I have to?  more...
  • Over the Christmas period we have to keep the machines rolling but staff are cut to a minimum and I am worried about safety. Am I right to be worried and if so what should I do about it?  more...
  • At my work they constantly play irritating Christmas records that drive me mad. Can I do anything to stop them?  more...
  • Iíve got a serious latex allergy and donít want to go to the Christmas party because Iím embarrassed to ask them not to use balloons. What should I do?  more...
  • Can I ask for time off to go to see my kid in the school Christmas play?  more...
  • Can my boss stop me putting up tinsel and baubles just because she thinks it makes the office look unprofessional?  more...
  • Do people who want to take their holiday for Hannukah or Kwanzaa have to take it at Christmas like everyone else?  more...
  • Am I entitled to the following Monday off when Christmas Day falls on a weekend?  more...
  • Should I get paid double for working on Christmas Day?  more...
  • I'm planning the office Christmas party. What should I look out for?  more...

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