NEW Guidance on Fit notes (Sick notes)
The Department of Work and Pensions are making legislative changes meaning that from Friday 17th December 2021 self-certification for sickness will be extended from 7 to 28 days for people accessing Statutory Sick Pay, and there will be no requirement for a fit note to access other benefits.
This time-limited change will end on 26th January 2022.
Further guidance on this will be available shortly. Whilst we expect this to cover the vast majority of fit note requests, GPs may continue to receive some for access to occupational sick pay depending on individual contractual arrangements. DWP will issue guidance strongly urging all employers to be flexible and seek alternative forms of medical evidence if required at all during this period.