In the UK we 'accrue' paid holiday from the very first day of our employment. There is nothing to say that you can't take the two days you've accrued in your first month at the end of that first month, for example - and you will be paid for it. Referring to the guy as 'deadweight' for asking for holiday days after 2 months is really unfair. Because that isn't how it works here. I don't know what else I can say to get that across. People are basing their opinions of this guy against working practices in their own country and I find that really unfair.
I work in the UK as well - although legally holiday i may have acrrued that holiday, we have been told that the last 2 weeks of March are not permissible to take holiday in due to it being financial year end, this is a non-negotiable factor in my job. I dont see that as being different from his jobs non-negotiable days to include christmas.
I totally agree with this, and I've said that upthread. If he *was* informed that he would have to work Xmas, then he was out of line to expect the day off (although not necessarily out of line to ask, as long as he took a refusal on the chin)
What I've been trying to explain was that it isn't automatically PD to take holiday in the first X-months of employment. Many posters here seem to think it is and are judging the chef for asking to do that as some kind of 'dead weight'. Against the background of our employment laws/culture, there's nothing wrong with asking for time off in the first X-months. And this incident happened here, and as such the chef's request should be judged against *our* employment culture and rules, not that of the US or Canada or wherever. This is in reference to the Sundays, rather than the Xmas, actually.
Just editing to say I didnt want to argue with anyone, I really just posted to say that although the law is different in the UK to the USA, it isnt the case here that you can decide to take whatever day you want off as holiday and everyone legally has to be fine with that.
I don't want to argue with anyone either
I'm not saying that. I'm saying he isn't out of line or committing PD to *ask*. Of course it's still at the discretion of the employer as to whether the requested holiday is convenient. But committing some kind of PD or showing himself to be a bad employee or a deadweight for daring to take or ask for leave in the first X-months? No. Definitely not.