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Eeeek! Waitrose staff allegedly have to pay back any time they take off to self isolate due to coronavirus

Eeeek! Waitrose staff allegedly have to pay back any time they take off to self isolate due to coronavirus

Author: Wardah Sempa | Monday 6th April 2020

Eeeek! Waitrose staff allegedly have to pay back any time they take off to self isolate due to coronavirus Photograph

Waitrose is allegedly making workers pay back the time they self isolate due to the coronavirus. According to reports, bosses from the supermarket will have to pay up to two weeks of leave regardless of whether it's because of self-isolation. It means while they are paid in full during the time they take off, they are forced to pay that time back by working overtime for no extra pay when they return to work.

Waitrose said: "Where possible we are asking Partners to time bank, however, we are being flexible about when time can be paid back."

This could affect workers who self-isolate because a family member displays COVID-19 symptoms. The supermarket chain said: "If they are physically well enough themselves to work, then we will explore the option of working at home in the first instance."

But few supermarket workers can work at home.