Covid sick payment

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Dear Transport for London,

Please could you answer the following questions related to enhanced and agreed covid sick payments for staff

You have in place a tripartite agreement with all London bus operators that was signed in March / April 2020. It states that all employees regardless of length of service will be paid an enhanced rate of pay above that of statutory sick pay. To which TFL have paid out in 2020 over £1.6 million to operators.

1) - It states up to 14 days if affected by or asked to isolate from covid - does this include rest days calculated within the 14 days or just contracted work days?

2) have you allowed companies that have signed up to this agreement to the change to implement their own policy - ie implement 10 days instead of agreed 14.?

3) can you confirm that this policy is not arbitrary on behalf of individual operators

Yours faithfully,

Mr M Wiggins

FOI, Transport for London

 

Dear Mr Wiggins

 

TfL Ref 2330-2021

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 15
February 2021 asking for information about enhanced sick pay payments made
in respect of Covid-19.

 

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Sara Thomas

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General Counsel

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Dear Mr Wiggins

 

TfL Ref 2330-2021

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 15
February 2021 asking for information about enhanced sick pay payments made
in respect of Covid-19.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.  I can
confirm that we hold the information you require.  Your questions and our
replies are as follows:

 

 

 1. It [the tripartite agreement with bus operators] states up to 14 days
if affected by or asked to isolate from Covid - does this include rest
days calculated within the 14 days or just contracted work days?

 

o Any paid days, up to 14 in total

 

 2. have you allowed companies that have signed up to this agreement to
the change to implement their own policy - ie implement 10 days
instead of agreed 14.?

 

o 14 days was originally the limit with this policy as that was the
maximum number of days the government advised in the event of
isolating. It is ultimately up to operators to apply their own
policies for self-isolation but this would stem from Government
advice. We expect operators to use fair and reasonable HR processes.

 

3) can you confirm that this policy is not arbitrary on behalf of
individual operators

 

o The scheme is being applied by TfL in the same way across the bus
operators. As Company Sick Pay (CSP) varies across London, the
scheme’s aim is to provide consistency and discourage anyone who might
show the first symptoms of Covid-19 from attending work and not
staying in quarantine.

 

 

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Sara Thomas

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

From: FOI
Sent: 16 February 2021 15:32
To: 'Mr M Wiggins' <[FOI #727268 email]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Covid sick payment ref
2330-2021

 

 

Dear Mr Wiggins

 

TfL Ref 2330-2021

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 15
February 2021 asking for information about enhanced sick pay payments made
in respect of Covid-19.

 

Please think carefully about whether the request is essential at this
current time, as answering FOI requests will require the use of limited
resources and the attention of staff who could be supporting other
essential activity. Where requests are made, please note that our response
time may be impacted by the current situation and so you may wish to
reconsider the timing of this request. Please notify us as soon as
possible if you would like to withdraw your request at the current time.

 

Should you wish to proceed with the request we will aim to issue a
response by 15 March 2021 in accordance with the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 and our information access policy.

 

We publish a substantial range of information on our website on subjects
including operational performance, contracts, expenditure, journey data,
governance and our financial performance. This includes data which is
frequently asked for in FOI requests or other public queries. Please check
[1]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transpar... to see if this helps you.

 

We will publish anonymised versions of requests and responses on the
[2]www.tfl.gov.uk website. We will not publish your name and we will send
a copy of the response to you before it is published on our website.

 

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Sara Thomas

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

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