Home Bargains are to give their almost 17,000 staff a well earned break this Christmas by giving them boxing day off.
The discount shop announced on twitter that its 481 locations would shut in order to give their staff a break after the busy festive period.
In a post they said: “To all of our staff, thank you for all your hard work this year. We will be closing all of our shops on boxing day to give you a day off. We hope you enjoy the Christmas holiday.”
Boxing day is one of the biggest trading days of the year. In 2017 around £50billion was spent in high street stores.
Reaction to the news has been extremely positive with people supporting the decision and suggesting others should follow suit.
One user said: “Great news let’s hope more retailers follow suit. The world needs to slow down. Great Start!”
Another commented: “I work for the NHS and I’m working Christmas day. My daughter works for Home Bargains, so we will be able to spend boxing day together this year.”
Home Bargains came under fire earlier this year when it emerged that they were included in a list of 239 companies who failed to pay the minimum wage to their staff.
This list was compiled by the government as a strategy to shame companies into paying workers a fair wage. Record fines of £1.97 million were handed out to the rough companies.
They found that Home Bargains failed to pay £272,228.44 to 6,743 workers, with average arrears of £40.37 per worker, only The Card Factory underpaid workers by more.
Employers who pay workers less than the minimum wage have to pay back arrears of wages. These are paid at current minimum wage rates and face financial penalties of up to 200% of arrears. This is capped at £20,000 per worker.
Low Pay Commission Chairman Bryan Sanderson said:“It is crucial that employers understand their responsibilities and workers know their rights around the minimum wage.”