Do the right thing
In recent days, the UK has seen a significant increase in Covid-19 cases, and the new ‘rule of six’, which applies to indoor and outdoor settings (excluding workplaces), is now legally enforceable.
Please be vigilant, abide by the law and observe best practice hand hygiene and social distancing measures wherever possible.
We know most of our people continue to follow the guidelines and behave in a responsible way. This is why Royal Mail has adopted a supportive approach for colleagues who are required to self-isolate due to Covid-19 by applying our normal sick pay policy. In most cases, this provides support above the statutory sick pay recommended by Government.
However, providing enhanced sick pay is dependent on the absence not being caused by or aggravated by the employee. Where, in the reasonable view of the company, there is evidence of a colleague’s disregard for public health guidance, which then leads to them needing to self-isolate, Royal Mail sick pay will not be paid.
Following public health guidance is critical both within and outside Royal Mail. The health, safety and wellbeing of our people is paramount, and we also want our colleagues to be able to trust each other to do the right thing.
Let’s all do our bit to follow the guidance to keep our colleagues, families, friends and the communities we serve, safe.