Sunday, February 8, 2009

Story Behind The Concept Of Paid Leaves?

Before you know the story do the following.

Have u ever seen the calendar for September 1752???
If you are working in UNIX or Solaris, try this out.
At $ prompt, type: cal 9 1752
Surprised????



See the explanation for what you see.

Isn't the output queer? A month with whole of eleven days missing. This was the time England shifted from Roman Julian Calendar to the Gregorian calendar, and the king of England ordered those 11 days to be wiped off the face of the month of September of 1752. (What couldn't a King do in those days?!) And yes, the workers worked for 11 days less, but got paid for the entire 30 days. And that's how "Paid Leave"was born. And that is 100% fact.

Long live the King :)))

3 Comments:

Anonymous said...

quite the reverse - they paid the peasants by the day but taxes, rent etc were due every quarter of the year. So the peasants lost out. Again.

There was quite a protest at the time - "Give us back our eleven days" - which achieved as much as most protests do, i.e. not a lot.

Some people actually believed their lives had been shortened by eleven days - since God knows the day of your death, so it's fixed, and eleven days got left out, so you've lost eleven days of your life.

Paid leave - more like unpaid overtime. Then as now.

Mish said...

You mean that they worked for 19 days, and got paid for 30.

But still, mad cool! :)

Reza Khan said...

It means they worked for 19 days and got paid for 19 days but were taxed for all 30.

Popular Posts