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Can employers reduce sick pay for unvaccinated staff?

sick pay for unvaccinated staff

Ikea and Next have recently made headlines for opting against providing company sick pay to isolating unvaccinated workers. These changes to sick pay policy could mean that unvaccinated staff isolating because of Covid-19 receive as little as £96.35 a week under Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) obligations.

Employers looking to implement this type of policy need to be aware of the risks involved before applying a “two-tier” sick pay policy. Employers who attempt to make changes to employees’ contracts without agreement may be in breach of contract or open to claims of discrimination.

Employers should be proactive in implementing a clear vaccination policy for staff to reduce the risk of any future employment claims. Employers should review the terms of their sickness policy and their communication with employees regarding Covid-19 and self-isolation.

Once again Covid-19 is changing the legal landscape and employers and business owners are best advised to keep a close eye on these developments.

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