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Next cuts sick pay for unvaccinated employees those forced to self-isolate

The BBC has learned that the retailer, Next, has cut full sick pay for unvaccinated staff who must self-isolate because of Covid exposure. Instead, they will only be entitled to statutory sick pay (SSP), unless there are mitigating circumstances.

However, those who test positive will still be entitled to full sick pay.

The move echoes a similar decision by Ikea and comes as many employers face staff shortages due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

In December, self-isolation guidance was relaxed for people who had been jabbed, meaning they do not need to isolate if they have been exposed to a positive case. However, for those unvaccinated, the guidance has not changed, and they must still self-isolate for 10 full days after their date of exposure.

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