Temporary change to fit notes

Employees can now self-certify sickness for up to 28 days (previously seven days) under the Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) Regulations 2021.

Employees only need to attend a GP for a fit note if they have been ill for more than 28 days and have taken sick leave. This includes non-working days, such as weekends and bank holidays.

The measure is intended as a short-term one to relieve the burden on GPs. The Regulations only apply to periods of sickness which either start during the period 17 December to 26 January or which commenced prior to 17 December but which have not lasted more than seven days on that date (and hence the requirement to provide medical evidence has not yet arisen).

More details on the Gov.uk website