Change to self-certification for staff absence

As a temporary measure, due to Covid pressures on GP services, the Government has increased the length of time which employee can be off work before they need to provide a fit note from a GP. The period has been extended from 3 days to 28 days (including non working days). This means that a member of staff is able to self-certify absence as follows :

For absence which began before December 10, 2021 self-certification for the first 7 days after which a fit note is required

For absence which began after December 10th, 2021 – self certification up to 28 days, after which a fit note is required

Further information can found at :

ACAS Guidance : Fit notes and proof of sickness: Absence from work - Acas

Posted: Tue, 21 Dec 2021 15:54 by Isabelle Risner

Tags: Advice and Guidance, Coronavirus, Health