John Lewis says its unjabbed staff are entitled to full sick pay

John Lewis says its unjabbed staff are entitled to full sick pay
John Lewis says its unjabbed staff are entitled to full sick pay
John Lewis says its unjabbed staff are entitled to full sick pay after Morrisons, Ikea, Ocado and Next said they would only get £96.35 a week legal minimum Several retailers announced unjabbed workers would only get statutory pay However, John Lewis director Andrew Murphy said the policy is 'just not right'  Retailer will continue paying full sick pay to unjabbed workers forced to isolate 

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John Lewis has said all of its staff will receive full sick pay for Covid absences - even if they are unvaxxed. 

John Lewis's operations director Andrew Murphy said he 'cast no judgement' and that it would not be 'right' to give the unvaccinated less pay. 

It comes after Morrisons, Ikea, Ocado and Next all revealed they would only give unjabbed staff £96.35 a week if they have to isolate with Covid - the legal minimum. 

Mr Murphy said in a Linkedin post: 'We're conscious that some businesses have changed their sick pay policy with regard to unvaccinated employees in some Covid-related absence scenarios.

'[But] we just don't believe it's right to create a link between a partner's vaccination status and the pay they receive.

'When life increasingly seems to present opportunities to create division - and with hopes rising that the pandemic phase of Covid may be coming to an end - we're confident that this is the right approach for us.'

John Lewis's operations director Andrew Murphy said unvaccinated workers will be given full sick pay

John Lewis's operations director Andrew Murphy said unvaccinated workers will be given full sick pay

Sainsbury's, Tesco and Asda all say they pay unvaccinated workers full company sick pay when they are isolating. 

Next, which employs around 44,000 people, said earlier this month that all employees who test positive for Covid-19 - regardless of whether they are vaccinated - will be paid in full.

However, unvaccinated staff who are required to isolate because they have been identified as a close contact of someone with the virus will only receive statutory sick pay unless there are mitigating circumstances.

The policy, comes after employees witnessed a jump in absences in recent weeks due to the rapid spread of the Omicron strain of the virus. 

YOUR RIGHTS: STATUTORY SICK PAY 

Employees can get £96.35 per week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if they are too ill to work.

This is the minimum, but some employers choose to offer more than this

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