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A period of time during which one ordinarily would work but does not, normally to engage in some pleasure. One may spend a vacation traveling, relaxing or simply organizing one's personal life. Many companies offer paid vacation time to employees after a certain period of employment. Some jurisdictions require paid vacations.


A day set apart for commemorating an important event.The term is used often in contracts and leases when computing time,as when a certain number of days are allowed for an action, but if the due date falls on a weekend or holiday,it will be the next business day.Leases,in particular,limit delivery of certain services,such as heating and air conditioning,on weekends and holidays. The better practice is for the contract or lease to define the holidays meant by it.In the absence of such a definition, holidays will usually include federal holidays, when federal offices are closed, and may include state holidays when state offices are closed,if different.

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In many industries or occupations (such as retail, travel or emergency services) working on public holidays is a commercial or operational necessity.
The NHS terms and conditions handbook states that staff are entitled to unsocial hours payments for all hours that are worked on public holidays.
A considerable number of businesses close on public holidays, but equally many do not, because of the very nature of those businesses, ie transport, hospitals, nursing and care homes, utility companies and manufacturers which rely on continuous production, to name but a few.
Yes, of course it should it be declared a public holiday in Namibia.
Campaigners in England are calling for a bank holiday on St George's Day, Welsh people want St David's Day to be officially recognised and in Cornwall there are calls for a public holiday on St Piran's Day.
Now, a draft law was submitted to the Council of Ministers for approval to declare May Day a public holiday.
Rob Marris (Lab Wolverhampton South West) called for April 23, the patron saint's day, to become a public holiday in England.
Research by William M Mercer reveals that annual leave and public holidays, when added together, can range from 29 to 43 days depending on where you live.
PESHAWAR -- The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has announced public holiday across the province on the occasion of 1st Muharram.
ISLAMABAD -- Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments have announced a public holiday on first of Muharram to commemorate the martyrdom of Hazrat Umar Farooq (R.
The rake could not be introduced because fewer services are run on a public holiday.
A public holiday occurring on an ordinary working day shall be allowed to employees covered by paragraph (b) of sub clause (i) (All other employees-four weeks Annual Leave) on full pay; provided that an employee who is required to and does work on a public holiday shall have one day or one half day, as appropriate, added to his/her period of annual leave and be paid at the rate of one half time extra for the time actually worked.