John Lewis says it is wrong to cut sick pay for unjabbed staff

Retailer John Lewis has said all its staff are entitled to full sick pay for Covid-related absences, regardless of vaccination status, and it would not be "right" to differentiate.

It comes after Ocado, Next and Ikea revealed they only pay the legal minimum to unjabbed staff if they have to isolate due to Covid exposure.

John Lewis's operations director Andrew Murphy said he "cast no judgement".

And he added the firm was "not going to make any change of this type".

"We're conscious that some businesses have changed their sick pay policy with regard to unvaccinated employees in some Covid-related absence scenarios," he said in a Linkedin post.