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Woolworths to pay casual workers who miss shifts due to coronavirus

Supermarket giant Woolworths has announced it will pay casual staff required to self-isolate due to the coronavirus for shifts they would have otherwise worked during the isolation period.

In a memo sent to staff today Woolworths, which is Australia’s largest private employer with around 55,000 casual employees, said it wanted to ensure workers who are required to be absent from work due to coronavirus would not be disadvantaged.

Woolworths will pay casual workers who have been affected by the coronavirus.

Woolworths will pay casual workers who have been affected by the coronavirus.Credit:Patrick Scala

Team members who cannot work due to a Department of Health requirement to self-isolate, or are confirmed as having the virus, will be supported by the company. Workers who are required to care for others who have been isolated, such as children, will also be supported.

Full or part-time workers have been directed to take personal or carer’s leave where possible, with Woolworths topping up leave for a maximum of two weeks if the worker has already used up their personal leave.

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