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Changes to Fit Note Regulations

With the recent dramatic increase in cases of the Omicron variant, concern has been growing about what will happen when employees fall sick. Under fit note regulations, they have had to obtain evidence from their GP after 7 days. The government is keen to avoid additional pressure on the NHS, which may restrict GP capacity to deliver the COVID booster programme. Therefore, the government has temporarily amended the regulations.

From 17th December until 26th January, an employee won’t have to provide medical information regarding sick leave for the first 28 days of “any spell of incapacity for work”. This includes non-working days, such as weekends and bank holidays. The self-certification period will go back to 7 days for sickness absence that begins on or after 27th January.

If the employee started their sick leave before 10th December 2021, they won’t be covered by the amendment to the regulations. They must therefore give proof if they’ve been off work for more than 7 days, including non-working days.

rradar – here to help

This change has been mentioned in the media and via government websites, but it’s possible that you may not have encountered it. rradar’s employment law advisors and solicitors can provide advice on what it means and its implications for you, your business and your employees.