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.
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.