Cutting sick pay for unvaccinated workers - is it legal?

Posted in : Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 14 February 2022
Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors
Issues covered: SSP; Covid-19; Vaccine Status

So first things first, the cut in sick pay for unvaccinated staff. It seemed for a couple of weeks there every day there was another big name announcing that they weren't going to be paying their full company sick pay if you're unvaccinated and forced to isolate as a close contact. We've got Morrison's. We've got IKEA, Next, Ocado. So, Seamus, should we all be doing this, and is it legal?

Seamus: It's certainly interesting. I suppose before we get into the legalities of it, I thought it was worthwhile maybe looking at what exactly is happening in and around sick pay, because it's a big headline that you get, and I've had some queries from clients come through to me saying, "Does this mean I

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Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors

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