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People in the UK who haven’t been vaccinated by Ikea get less sick pay

Ikea has cut sick pay for unvaccinated employees in the UK who are forced to isolate after contracting COVID-19.

According to the BBC, the new policy will only entitle exposed, unvaccinated workers to statutory sick pay of £96.35 per week, or nearly $130, as required by law.

In instance, an Ikea employee’s weekly pay ranges from £400 to £450 ($542 to $610).

Before enforcing the wage drop, the furniture store said it would evaluate mitigating considerations such as medical exemptions for certain unvaccinated employees.

Workers who are unvaccinated and test positive for COVID-19 without mitigating conditions may still be eligible for full sick pay. Managers will look at the worker’s absence history and other criteria to see if they should be paid under the statutory sick pay policy instead.

Employees who self-isolate following a COVID-19 exposure who are fully vaccinated in the UK will receive full sick pay.

“We recognise that this is an emotional topic, and all scenarios will be assessed on a case-by-case basis,” Ikea said in a statement announcing the policy. “Anyone in doubt or concerned about their position is invited to speak to their manager.”

Ikea representatives in the United States declined to comment on the policy for UK employees.

In a statement, Ikea said, “We cannot comment on policies and perks offered to IKEA coworkers in other markets.” “Since the beginning of the pandemic, the health and safety of our coworkers has been IKEA’s top priority worldwide.”

“Regardless of vaccination status, IKEA US has offered up to 80 hours of emergency sick pay to coworkers, which is constantly reviewed in line with changes to CDC advice and local regulations,” the company stated.

Ikea employs over 10,000 people in the United Kingdom. The policy was first reported in the Daily Mail.

Staff at Ikea prepare for the return to business on June 01, 2020

Before implementing the salary drop, Ikea said it would evaluate mitigating factors.

People who are fully vaccinated in the UK and stay at home after being exposed to COVID-19 will get full sick pay from their employer, the company said. Under current UK government guidelines, people who have been vaccinated are not required to self-isolate after an exposure, but people who haven’t been vaccinated have to self-isolate for 10 days.

People are getting sick more often in the US because of the Omicron variant, which is very contagious. Companies are having to deal with staff shortages because of this. Firms are also trying to figure out the best way to make sure their employees get vaccines and wear face masks when they come to work, too.

There were legal challenges to the Biden administration’s plan to make large employers get vaccines. The Supreme Court heard them last week. Under President Biden’s plan, big businesses with more than 100 employees would have to make their workers get vaccines or get tested at work.

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