Graham wrote:I don't understand why your colleague would expect to be paid whilst on her extended holiday?
I think that it is an interesting point Graham and certainly one we have been discussing at work whilst waiting to see how our organisation is going to handle it.
We have some mixed views as you can imagine, some friends/colleagues on traditional package holidays are having exactly what you or I would call and extended holiday. They are in the same hotel, receiving all the same services, enjoying the facilities and the only requirement on them is to be available to go when the reps advise them - my cousin's facebook status reads "Sipping another all inclusive margarita by the poolside, waiting for a flight home - it is a hard life!"
On the other hand independent travellers (who do not own the property abroad) are having a daily nightmare of spending the day trying to contact the airlines, ringing the airports, spending time (and money) in internet cafes for news, running low on money, having to move hotels, find launderettes/buy more undies, entertain kids in 'low rent' motel style airport hotels, ringing their workplaces, the dog kennels, with mounting expense whilst also thinking that if they are also 'docked' a fortnight's wages for this "holiday extension" - they could come home to some real issues financially. My brother is having this problem with his wife and kids - they are currently 'stuck' in Nevada and they are desperately miserable.
So as an organisation how do you make a decision on this? Obviously not on a case by case basis as that would lead to a tribunal but as a blanket decision - hmmm - just glad I don't work in HR - but on that note the decision is a way off as the top HR person is well ....... currently 'stuck' in Corfu