HC-One ‘shows the way’ by giving full sick pay to COVID-19 positive workers

Leading care home operator HC-One has pledged full sick pay to workers who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The ground-breaking move was announced in a letter to the operator’s 27,000-strong workforce by executive chairman, Sir David Behan CBE (pictured).

The care home operator added that colleagues who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 and been in receipt of statutory sick pay would receive full pay retrospectively.

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News of the move was welcomed by the GMB Union with Care Lead Kelly Andrews commenting: “This is a massive win for GMB’s carers. We have been fighting hard for full sick pay across the care sector.

“It’s is completely unrealistic for anyone to live on £95 a week – and it’s utterly unfair to force carers to make the impossible choice between feeding their families or risking the health of their colleagues and residents by coming into work sick.

“We still back pay for everyone who had to self-isolate before testing came in. But HC-One has shown the way – GMB urges other care providers to follow.”

HC-One has reported 5,367 suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of May 27.

Earlier this month, the government announced that small and medium-sized social care providers would be able to recover Statutory Sick Pay from employees.

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Lee Peart

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  1. Earlier this month, the government announced that social care providers would be able to recover Statutory Sick Pay from employees.

    Where have they stated this as guidance that recently came out said SSP will only be paid to businesses with less than 250 employees so how can care home groups be paid SSP when their workforce is more than 250 staff!

    1. Thanks for the comment, Sam. The legislation referred to small and medium sized providers. I have updated the article to reflect this.

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