Sickness Certification


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Sickness Certification

You do not require a doctor’s sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer, the HMRC website or to download from this website. 


If you are sick for more than 7 days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payments of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

Statement of Fitness for Work – “Fit Note” or “Sick Note”

For more information see the DirectGov website (where the information was sourced). 

Temporary Changes to “Fit Note” or “Sick Note”

For Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), if you go off sick on or after 10 December 2021 your employer can only ask you for proof of sickness, such as a fit note, after 28 days of sickness (including non-working days).

Proof of sickness cannot be requested earlier than 28 days.

Fit notes do not have to be provided for Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) benefit claims until 27 January 2022. This will not affect claims to benefit.

These changes are to give GPs more time to work on the coronavirus (COVID-19) booster programme.

If you’re concerned about your health condition, you should continue to see your GP.

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