Ocado cuts sick pay for unvaccinated staff

Ocado has announced it is cutting sick pay for unvaccinated staff who must self-isolate due to exposure to Covid-19. 

According to the BBC, the online grocer will continue to offer full sick pay if unvaccinated workers test positive for the virus but will reduce sick pay for exposure related isolation. 

Instead, the Statutory Sick Pay minimum of £96.35 a week will be offered to unvaccinated self-isolating staff members. 

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Last month, self-isolation guidance was relaxed for people who have been vaccinated, as they no longer need to isolate if they have been exposed to a positive case. 

However, unvaccinated people are required to self-isolate for a full 10 days if they have been in close contact with a someone who has tested positive. 

The news comes as high cases of Omicron has increased staff shortages and high costs across the food and warehousing sector. 

The news comes as Tesco kept on 13,000 temporary Christmas workers to stay afloat amidst staff absences. 

Currently, other major UK supermarkets and Amazon have not changed their sick pay policy to accommodate Omicron staff shortages. 

Grocery Gazette has contacted Ocado for comment. 

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