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20 March 2020 00:43

Sainsbury's Asda Stores Limited United Kingdom

// Asda confirms that any staff in isolation due to coronavirus will be paid in full // Grocer will also pay suppliers immediately to help with their cashflow during the pandemic // Small business tenants that operate concessions in Asda stores will be given 3-month rent holiday Asda has said workers in isolation due to coronavirus will still be paid in full, and suppliers will be paid immediately while concession operators will be given a rent-free quarter. The Big 4 retailer revealed a package of measures it is implementing to help support its staff and other workers whose jobs have been impacted by the pandemic. Chief executive Roger Burnley praised the "incredible efforts" of retail and distribution workers and announced they would receive full pay if they need to isolate. Where workers have been identified as being part of a vulnerable group and need to self-isolate, they will receive full pay for the full 12 weeks. "I could not be any more grateful for the efforts each and every one of my colleagues is going to right now to support and serve the people of the UK and the last thing I want any of them worrying about is being paid if they need to self-isolate as a result of coronavirus," Burnley said.

Asda said it had also started working with a number of national companies to offer temporary jobs to people, in view of the "significant demands" being placed on supermarkets. The grocer's employees are also being encouraged to invite friends and family whose work has been impacted by the coronavirus crisis to get in touch with their local Asda store about job opportunities. Asda also announced it would be paying its small suppliers immediately to help them keep their business operating. In addition, it will provide a rent-free quarter to around 250 small business tenants that operate concessions across its stores. "Never in my 30 years in retail have I ever felt so keenly the role played by supermarkets in our communities," Burnley said.

"Where we can provide opportunities for employment, even short term, to help people through this period, we want to play our part, and where we are able to reduce the strain on our smaller suppliers and tenants, we will do so." Click here to sign up to Retail Gazette's free daily email newsletter In a message from the chain's CEO, Asda confirmed a wide ranging package of measures it is implementing to help support its colleagues and other workers whose jobs have been impacted by Coronavirus. With significant demands that are being placed on supermarkets in the current climate as well as the implications on many other businesses in areas such as travel and food services that are having to stand down workers, Asda has also started working with a number of national companies to offer temporary roles to people. Colleagues from these companies will be offered shifts or a temporary secondments to Asda roles – ensuring individuals remain in work and companies do not have the additional pressure of staff costs during this crisis. The supermarket's colleagues are also being urged to reach out on social media to invite friends and family whose work has been impacted by Coronavirus to get in touch with their local store about job opportunities. And in a bid to support local food services the supermarket is also offering local cafes and restaurants the opportunity to take on additional catering services and help feed colleagues who are working around the clock to keep shelves stocked. Asda has also confirmed it will be paying its small suppliers immediately to help them keep their business operating and is to provide a 'rent free' quarter to around 250 small business tenants in its stores who are struggling to operate during these unprecedented times." Acknowledging the 'incredible efforts' of Asda's hourly paid retail and distribution colleagues, CEO Roger Burnley confirmed to colleagues that they will receive full pay if they need to isolate due to coronavirus. Where colleagues have been identified as being part of a vulnerable group and need to self-isolate, they will receive full pay for the full 12 weeks to protect their health. Roger Burnley Copyright: jpimedia He said; "I could not be any more grateful for the efforts each and every one of my colleagues is going to right now to support and serve the people of the UK – and the last thing I want any of them worrying about is being paid if they need to self-isolate as a result of Coronavirus. "Never in my 30 years in retail have I ever felt so keenly the role played by supermarkets in our communities. "The way our colleagues are working to support the nation is incredible and I want to support them – and those closest to them who are experiencing the other end of this crisis and need work. Today, Asda launched a scheme offering temporary work at their stores to those who cannot due to the coronavirus. The supermarket will also try to support local food services, cafes and restaurants by offering the opportunity to take up additional catering services to feed the workforce. In a further bid to help UK supply chains, Asda will provide a rent-free quarter to small business tenants in their stores. Commenting on the move, CEO and president, Roger Burnley said: "Never in my 30 years in retail have I ever felt so keenly the role played by supermarkets in our communities. "The way our colleagues are working to support the nation is incredible and I want to support them – and those closest to them who are experiencing the other end of this crisis and need work. "Where we can provide opportunities for employment, even short term, to help people through this period, we want to play our part. "And where we are able to reduce the strain on our smaller suppliers and tenants – we will do so." Coronavirus: Asda launches scheme to help members of the public Coronavirus: Asda will offer cafes the chance to cook for the staff The move from the supermarket comes as stores across the country put measures in place to reduce "panic buying". In order to do so, supermarkets placed a fixed quota on certain grocery goods, while there was also a one-hour period on Thursday morning for the elderly to stock up on supplies. Although there have been in-store restrictions on goods, shoppers have struggled to buy products online. At some stores, there have been no available delivery slots for up to three weeks. Coronavirus: Several shops have been left bare Coronavirus: Shops will now put quotas on goods The Queen said: "We are all being advised to change our normal routines and regular patterns of life for the greater good of the communities we live in and, in particular, to protect the most vulnerable within them. "At times such as these, I am reminded that our nation's history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal. "Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. Coronavirus: How a pandemic progresses "You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part." Speaking at a press conference today, Boris Johnson insisted the public must adhere to social distancing measures in order to stop the outbreak. Coronavirus: Boris Johnson asked the public to buy responsibly