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Cutting sick pay for unvaccinated staff

Ocado and Next cut sick pay for unvaccinated staff because they have been exposed to COVID

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Following a recent relaxation in the official self-isolation guidance for vaccinated people, the BBC have reported that Morrisons, Ocado and Next have decided to cut sick pay for unvaccinated staff who have because they have been exposed to COVID.

However they continue to pay full sick pay to unvaccinated staff who test positive for COVID.

Unvaccinated staff may now only receive Statutory Sick Pay if they are required to isolate after coming in close contact with the virus. Currently this is as little as £96.35 a week and is subject to eligibility criteria.

The report follows a recent and similar announcement by Ikea to cut sick pay for unvaccinated staff who have to self-isolate because of exposure to COVID, and in some circumstances for unvaccinated staff who test positive.

We may yet see more companies announce similar policies as most industries now face staff shortages as a result of COVID.

 

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