Covid sick pay

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Dear Transport for London,

Please could you answer the following questions

1) Could you tell me in order the amount of sick pay ( tripartite enhanced covid sick pay ) that has be paid to each of the London bus operators - not as a group total

2) With the tripartite enhanced covid sick pay of up to 14 days - would you agree that a company that imposes 10 days and includes all rest days is not within both the spirt and letter of the agreement - meaning in real terms no one could get more than 8 days pay in some cases 6

3) whilst each company has different qualifying periods to obtain sick pay, different grades of driver or engineer and therefore different rates of pay for sick pay - Is it accepted by all that up to 14 days or two rostered working weeks is the accepted norm as per the agreement.

4) could you tell me which companies are applying the full 14 days and which are not

Yours faithfully,

Mr M Wiggins

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Wiggins

 

Our Ref:         FOI-2611-2021

 

Thank you for your request received on 21 March 2021 asking for
information about bus operator Covid-19 sicky pay.

 

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Dear FOI,

Please continue with a response to questions please

Yours sincerely,

Mr M Wiggins

FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Wiggins

 

Our Ref:         FOI-2611-2021

 

Thank you for your request received on 21 March 2021 asking for
information about bus operator Covid-19 sick pay.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. I can
confirm we hold some of the information you require. You asked:

 

1)    Could you tell me in order the amount of sick pay (tripartite
enhanced Covid-19 sick pay) that has be paid to each of the London bus
operators -  not as a group total.

 

We do not have individual company figures available as TfL paid bus
operating groups. We have provided these payments in order of magnitude
which generally reflects the workforce sizes of these operators. Please
note that market shares are between 0.5% and 24% so there will be a big
variation between operating groups.

 

2)    With the tripartite enhanced covid sick pay of up to 14 days - would
you agree that a company that imposes 10 days and includes all rest days
is not within both the spirt and letter of the agreement  - meaning in
real terms no one could get more than 8 days’ pay in some cases 6

 

All operators are following the enhanced sick pay policy which is aligned
to national guidance which originally envisaged 14 days but changed to 10
during the course of lockdowns. The principle we and our operators are
trying to follow is that nobody should suffer financially and that staff
are encouraged to isolate from day one with appropriate sick pay.

 

3)    whilst each company has different qualifying periods to obtain sick
pay, different grades of driver or engineer and therefore different rates
of pay for sick pay - Is it accepted by all that up to 14 days or two
rostered working weeks is the accepted norm as per the agreement.

 

The 14 days that was originally set out for this scheme was to align with
the government’s recommend period for isolation. This has now changed to
10 days. The policy is in place to support government guidelines on
isolation and ensure individuals can isolate from day one without any
financial concerns regarding sick pay.

 

4)    could you tell me which companies are applying the full 14 days and
which are not

 

At the outset of the scheme, the 14 days stated reflected current
Government guidance. The intention of the scheme was to align with
Government sickness rules and this means that bus operators can choose to
follow the latest guidance which is for 10 days so that their staff can
isolate for a recommended period. All bus operators are making use of the
scheme.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

Senior FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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