Four Seasons Health Care (FSHC) staff will receive full pay for COVID-19 related absences following a deal with unions.
The leading care home operator has approved the move which covers 15,000 care workers at 185 facilities following a campaign by the Royal College of Nursing, the GMB and Unison.
In a letter to FHSC workers, chief executive, Jeremy Richardson, (pictured) said: “We have taken the decision to pay colleagues their normal pay if they have been absent from work with confirmed COVID-19 with effect from 1st April 2020.
“Colleagues who have previously tested positive for COVID-19, and been in receipt of statutory sick pay, will receive full pay retrospectively in the next pay cycle.”
Kelly Andrews, GMB Social Care lead, said: ”This is a massive win for our members. Carers across the country have been struggling on statutory sick pay whilst battling this virus. And now they have at least some protection.
“GMB is calling for full sick pay across the social care sector so that our vulnerable are protected, not just now but always.”