For Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), where employees go off sick on or after 10 December 2021, employers can only ask employees 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 DWP benefit claims until 27 January. This will not affect claims to benefit.
These changes are to give GP’s more time to work on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) booster programme.
If you are concerned about your health condition, you should continue to see your GP
Your doctor will only give you a fit note if your health affects your fitness for work. The fit note is your property and you should keep it. Your employer can take a copy if they want one for their records.
If you are fit for work, you do not need a fit note.
Your doctor cannot give you a fit note for non medical problems (such as problems at home or relationship trouble at work). They may, however, be able to suggest other sources of help.