Temporary change to fit notes and self-certification

In order to provide GPs with more time to work on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) booster programme, for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) purposes, where employees go off sick on or after 10 December 2021 until 26 January 2022, employers can only ask employees for proof of sickness (such as a fit note) after 28 days of sickness (including non-working days such as weekends and bank holidays). Proof of sickness cannot be requested earlier than 28 days.

Employers are still entitled to manage sickness and seek medical reports in the usual way as outlined in employees’ employment contracts and/or company policies if they are concerned about employees taking time off or whether they are genuinely ill.

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