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Fit notes – a temporary change

Employers are required to obtain medical evidence, which can be in the form of a fit note from a GP, after the first seven days of an employee’s sickness absence.

On 17 December 2021, regulations were implemented which provide that employees are not required to provide medical evidence in respect of the first 28 days of any spell of incapacity for work.

The increase from seven days to 28 days is intended to increase GP capacity to support the COVID-19 vaccine booster programme. It aims to reduce the need for employees to attend their GP to obtain fit notes.

This amendment is limited to incapacity between the period 17 December 2021 to 26 January 2022. The modification will not apply to spells of incapacity which begin after 26 January 2022 but will continue to apply to any spell of incapacity which is ongoing, and which commenced prior to 26 January 2022.

If you require any further advice, please do not hesitate to contact Sejal Raja.


Disclaimer

This briefing is for guidance purposes only. RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for any action taken or not taken in relation to this note and recommends that appropriate legal advice be taken having regard to a client's own particular circumstances.

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