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Old 31 December 2017, 10:02 AM
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Regarding having the week off between Christmas and New Year's Day.

December 25th and 26th are legal holidays in Luzern
January 1st and 2nd are legal holidays in Luzern

The non holiday week days between December 26th and January 1st are compensated. That means that all the hourly workers actually work 41.5 hours per week* for all the compensated days, which are days that the company is closed, but not legal holidays. Of the top of my head, there are approximately 5 days per year which have to be compensated.

For those who are not hourly, they are expected to work a lot more hours per week. So everyone already worked to earn the time off.

* Not sure the actual hours per week as I am no longer hourly, so I haven't been keeping track.

Summer vacation is similar, for those who work in the factory. The factory is closed for 2 weeks, and the factory workers have to take those 2 weeks for vacation. In one of our other facilities, the workers have to take 1 additional week at the same time, so those people take 3 weeks (of approximately 5 weeks) of vacation at the same time.

In Switzerland, most companies require all employees take at 2 weeks off at the same time. In most banks, it is mandatory. Supposedly the 2 week vacation is long enough to expose any financial funny business.
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Old 31 December 2017, 01:43 PM
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In most banks, it is mandatory. Supposedly the 2 week vacation is long enough to expose any financial funny business.
Everyone has to take the same two weeks off, and shut down the bank? I can't see that ever happening in the US, since that would mean I couldn't get to my money for two weeks.

My company had the 25th and the 1st off. I went in one day in the week between, and it was very quiet there. I think about 1/6 of the office was in that day.
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Old 31 December 2017, 03:15 PM
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I haven't worked for over a year and before that worked for over ten years at a school (with half off Dec and most of Jan off). The school, which only had limited staff during the holidays, also gave the staff that would usually be there on the holidays the week off.
I remember now. I was discussing with my boss one year when I would work over the Christmas holidays and was told "The Campus will be closed Christmas week. There will be no-one on campus" So even if I had days to make up I couldn't make them up that week.

Employment contracts at the school varied. Full time teacher were paid for the full year but only had to work during the actual term, plus a few days during the holidays for "Professional development" etc. Other staff varied, most were term time only, with maybe a week during each holiday. That is 44 weeks a year (that is what I was on) But there were a few that were truly full time. That is employed for the full 52 weeks of the year with 4 weeks paid leave, which is the usually for full time employees in Australia. So they would be on campus for the full 52 weeks or less if they choose to take there holidays. Well except for that Christmas week when the campus was closed.

Oh an both the head master/mistress and caretaker had a house on campus. Although the current headmistress didn't use the house so the caretaker moved in cause the caretaker house was really just a cottage.
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Old 31 December 2017, 03:40 PM
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Everyone has to take the same two weeks off, and shut down the bank?
No, that's only for factories, where the number of absences make it difficult to keep the line running. Banks have different problems.

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Most banks and financial institutions require employees take a vacation of two consecutive weeks during which they have to be away from the office and are not allowed access to computer systems, even via smartphones and other devices. Itís not just an altruistic measure, however. Itís reckoned that most ongoing frauds and dodgy trades will show up in that length of time.
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Old 31 December 2017, 06:14 PM
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How do they give all employees two weeks off without closing for those two weeks?
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Old 31 December 2017, 06:26 PM
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How do they give all employees two weeks off without closing for those two weeks?
My sister worked at a bank for years. The two weeks are not all by all employees at the same time. She worked there before she had her own family, so she took hers in the autumn, and worked over the Christmas break. She also did not have a big break in the summer.

Most other employees took their breaks in the summer or over Christmas. They always found a way around scheduling around that.

I had no idea why they needed 2 consecutive weeks. I thought forever it was to prevent tellers etc from becoming too bitter with customers who can't handle money. I am much wiser now.
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When I lived in Norway, I experienced the annual vacation period during the summer. For about 4 weeks, most people take vacation of a couple-weeks' duration, and no one plans to get any major business dealings done. Some small businesses close for a couple of weeks. Major businesses that don't close operate with much lighter staffing, but generally it works because people are on vacation, and plan everyone plans around it.
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Old 01 January 2018, 12:53 AM
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Thanks, UEL. I think I just misunderstood Die Capacitrix's post.
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The second review on this site indicates the quote comes from his book The Vision of the Anointed. He doesn't seem a particularly likely subject for misattribution--he's not Einstein or Shakespeare or Lincoln--and it does sound like the sort of thing he might say. That's not to say it's definitely accurate, but I don't feel the need to buy the book to be sure.
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