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i work with people who have been there 30 yrs and have never worked christmas eve
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Many thanks for your patience. In respect of working Christmas Eve, you need to check what your contract says. For example, is it a day on which you would normally be expected to work, like during the working week, rather than the weekend. It is not an official bank holiday so you cannot claim that it is a day which should be included in your holidays (if your contract says you get all bank holidays off). So even if you have generally never worked it, if it falls on a day when you would normally be expected to work as per your contract, the employer can ask you to work.
As to forcing you to have time off, this is legally allowed under the Working Time Regulations, which state that an employer can force employees to take holidays on any day they choose them to. This happens if the employer gives the employees minimum amount of notice, which must be at least twice as long as the holiday to be taken. So for example, if they want you to take a day’s holiday on 2 Jan, they must give you at least 2 days’ notice. If they have told you about this now, then they have obviously given you plenty of notice for this to apply and can force you to have this day as a day off, even if previously it has been worked.
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