Does my employee still need to provide a fit note?
In addition to the SSPRS reintroduction for SMEs, there is also a temporary change to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Regulations.
Absent employees can now self-certify their sickness for 28 days, in a temporary measure from 17th December, replacing the need to supply a fit note after 7 days of absence. For absences over 28 days, a doctor’s certificate is still required.
This change is valid for absences from 10th December 2021 up to and including absence beginning 26th January 2022. The self-certification period will return to 7 days from 27th January 2022,.
Employers must not penalise workers for not providing evidence of sickness before 28 full days of absence, and the employee and employer retain the option to stay in touch during the absence.
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