Morrisons, Next, IKEA and other firms cutting Covid sick pay for unvaccinated staff

Publication Date14 January 2022
Publication titleMyLondon (England)
This means that for those who do not receive sick pay for their employer could be reliant upon Statutory Sick Pay -which can be as little as £96.35 per week

If, however, the members of the workforce who are unvaccinated test positive for the virus they will still receive full sick pay.

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Changes to rules around the isolation period for those who are vaccinated and have come into contact with the virus coming into force on Monday will cut the days of the isolation period to five.

As it currently stands, the isolation period stands at ten days but this can be reduced to seven days as long as you test negative on day six AND seven of your self-isolation.

Next has followed in the footsteps of other UK retailers such as Morrisons and IKEA to make the change to sick pay policy, as reported by The Mirror.

Here are a list of the UK business that have cut sick pay for unvaccinated staff:

IKEA

Ikea confirmed last Monday January 10 that it will cut sick pay for the members of its workforce that are not jabbed and come into contact with Covid, forcing them to self-isolate.

The company did make exception for those that have not been unable to get vaccinated due to mitigating circumstances such as pregnancy or based on other medical grounds.

IKEA has 10,000 workers in the UK.

An IKEA spokesperson said: "Unvaccinated co-workers without mitigating circumstances that test positive with Covid will be paid full company sick pay in line with our company absence policy.

"Unvaccinated co-workers without mitigating circumstances who have been identified as close contacts of a positive case will be paid Statutory Sick Pay."

Morrisons

Back in October 2021, Morrisons announced that they would be cutting sick pay for unvaccinated workers that have to self-isolate.

Speaking to The Guardian the superstore said that it had made the decision to measure to limit 'biblical costs' that had come about as a result of the pandemic.

Chief Executive of Morrisons, David Potts told the newspaper: "Seventy-one percent of folk already have had the vaccine and we are all in this together."

The Supermarket said back in October that the cut will not apply to workers that had not yet been given the chance to receive both doses of the vaccine.

Morrisons told The Mirror yesterday that this policy is still in action.

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