Additional minimum service day for staff on Thursday 22 December
By: Sean Armstrong
Last updated: Thursday, 8 December 2022
Sussex staff will be getting an additional minimum service day on Thursday 22 December 2022 in recognition of their hard work in helping the University to recover from the disruptions of Covid-19.
Staff who were not going to work that day due to their normal working pattern (it being a non-working day), will need to arrange an alternative day locally with their line manager. Staff who are unable to take it on that day due to work requirements will need to either tack it on to the end of the Christmas period (preferred) or arrange a convenient time with their management team. No staff (regardless of their working pattern) will be required to book this using MyView.
Payroll is not affected so the pay date will not change, and will still be 22 December, and not 21 December.
You can see the full list of minimum service days on our term dates webpage.
Further guidance on the 22 December minimum service day
For those staff who would normally be expected to work on 22 December (i.e. your normal working pattern means that you work on a Thursday), you will not be required to work on that day. If you would not normally work on that day, you will have the day tacked on to the end of the Christmas leave period, i.e. your expected return to work day will be Wednesday 4 January 2023. If this is not possible due to operational requirements, or it is another day where you would not normally be working, then you should seek to agree an alternative date with your line manager, bearing in mind the corresponding working hours information below.
If you are required to work on 22 December, due to the operational requirements of the service or school you work in, then, again, the additional day should be tacked on to the end of the Christmas period and your return to work would be on 4 January. If this is not possible, either due to working patterns or operational need, please seek agreement from your line manager for an alternative date.
For part-time staff, where the working pattern for 3 January does not match the working pattern on the 22 December (i.e. where the normal working hours across those days are different) a day off corresponding to the normal working hours for 22 December should be granted at another time. Line managers are asked to accommodate these requests wherever possible or agree to an alternative.
As this is an additional, non-contractual day, staff will not be required to use the MyView absence booking system and no re-adjustment of staff annual leave entitlement will be needed.