Branch Secretary's Blog

Branch Secretary’s Blog

July 2022

Changes to Covid Sickness Management

We have been expecting it for some time now but the Department for Health and Social Care is changing the rules for staff who are absent from work because of Covid. Any absence will now be managed under normal sickness provisions but the DHSC has confirmed that any Covid Absence/Leave will not count against any contractual sick pay entitlements or count towards triggers.. Disappointingly, this is due to start from July 7th 2022 for new absences and from the 1st September for any existing absences. Full details are available on our Homepage.

Covid -19 Safety Pledge

The Independent SAGE introduced ‘The Covid-19 Safety Pledge’ to promote the creation of safe spaces at work. They invite employers and/or owners of organisations to sign up to this pledge and ensure covid-safe spaces for their employees, customers and any users of these spaces. UNISON fully supports this pledge and we recently wrote to the CEO to ask if NWAS will sign up for it and we are pleased to say that they have: