Fit Notes and Self-Certification

Claire Vane
January 19, 2022

Although perhaps something of a misnomer, the Fit Note has been around for some time and used to be referred to as a Medical Certificate or Med 3. The term Fit Note has long taken over those previous names.

It has always been a requirement that on the 8th calendar day of absence (inclusive counting of every day of the week), an employee has to produce a Fit Note and, prior to that, from days 4 to 7, a self-certificate.  

It is very important to note that employees can now self-certify sickness for up to 28 days. They only need to visit a GP for a ‘Fit Note’ if sickness has continued for more than 28 days. This is calendar day counting/every day of the week.

This has been introduced as a temporary measure, and we do not yet know how long this will be in place. However, several commentators are expecting this to be extended beyond the end of January. This will have huge ramifications for employers.

We will be in touch about reviewing your handbook about the legal requirement updates, of which this is one, in April, when new legislation is expected.

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Claire Vane

Claire is the Managing Director and Founder of Integrated Resources. She is passionate about releasing potential in individuals and organisations.

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