Dear All,
An interesting fact was observed in one of the reputed private sector banks of the region.The employees are required to take permission from their reporting managers , if they leave their place of posting on holidays or sundays !!! They have to report to work on sundays and holidays without any extra pay.Though these practices are common among the private players in the industry, this bank went a tad ahead , when one of the business heads issued a official mail to the whole region enforcing the doctrine by letter and spirit. Above all ,the Regional Head APPROVED the decision and it has got implemented in letter and spirit !!!
The Regional HR managers are also in loop on this particular issue!!!
The question is can a organisation do this ???
Can the employees get justice if they submit a copy of the email to a proper authority on basis of anonymity ??

From India, Bhubaneswar

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The answer is defenitely yes. This mail can be sent to the regional labour authorities.
However working without a weekly off is an illegal act. What ever may be the stand the bank may take under the business exigency or customer service.
Kind regards
Dayanand L Guddin

From Singapore, Singapore
Dear Rajeev,
Probably, you are mixing up two different issues in one.
Taking permission for leaving place of posting on Sundays and holidays, or say taking a formal 'station leave' from the reporting manager is entirely a separate issue than the issue of calling employees to work on Sundays and holidays.
Organizations asking their employees to take due permission to leave station is not illegal. Even in Government organizations such rule exists in their establishment rules.
However, if the organization puts an employee to work on Sunday and holiday, the organization is liable to grant an off day during working days in lieu of that day of extra duty to the employee within a fixed period and the employee can claim such off without wasting any other kind of his leave.
So, at first, you need to check the position within your organization before taking up the matter with any regulatory authority.

From India, Delhi
Its really a good question for discussion !! However before going through any law/rule, you must ensure that you have one other job is in your hand as the case is related to Private Company and if you will do anything that their management don't like then they will simply give you a notice period letter.
@ Samir:: In Offer of Appointment no company made all clause which are generally follows in their Organization. They write something like that: "as per Company rules". Some Company write your weekly working hours is minimum XYZ hrs.

From India, Bangalore
This is a first instance I am coming across. Can I know the name of the Bank?
Most of the time I have seen that Nationalise Bank employees are not interested to work on Sundays even though they have been given other day off in the week!!!
How many working people can go to the Bank for any transactions? Many people leave at 7:00 A.M. from their home and return at 8:00 P.M.
There is a need that Banks are more customer focus and keep Sunday working. But it is also necessary that employees work in rotation and they are given alternate off day.
Bank employees enjoy maximum no. of Holidays than any other sector.
Govt. shall make uniformity in Holidays for Banks and also for private sectors.

From India, Thana

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