Self Certification Sick / Fit Note for less than 28 days

Employees can take time off work if they’re ill. They need to give their employer proof if they’re ill for more than 28 days.

If they started their sick leave before 10 December 2021, they must give proof if they’ve been ill for more than 7 days.

If they’re ill just before or during their holiday, they can take it as sick leave instead.

Fit notes and proof of sickness

Employees must give their employer a doctor’s ‘fit note’ (sometimes called a ‘sick note’) if they’ve been ill for more than 28 days in a row and have taken sick leave. This includes non-working days, such as weekends and bank holidays.

If they started their sick leave before 10 December 2021, they must give proof if they’ve been off work for more than 7 days, including non-working days.

If employees are self-isolating and cannot work because of coronavirus (COVID-19) they can get an ‘isolation note’ online from NHS 111. They do not have to go to their GP or a hospital.

If they are off work with any other illness, they can get a fit note from a GP or hospital doctor. If their employer agrees, a similar document can be provided by a physiotherapist, podiatrist or occupational therapist instead. This is called an Allied Health Professional (AHP) Health and Work Report.

Fit notes are free if the employee has been ill for more than 28 days when they ask for one. The doctor might charge a fee if they ask for the fit note earlier.

Visit www.gov.uk – Taking sick leave for more information.

If the employee’s illness started before 10 December 2021, they can get a free fit note after 7 days.

Many employers have their own self-certification forms. If your employer doesn’t have its own form you can download the Self Certification Form. Please print it, fill it in and hand it in to your employer. You do not need to see a Doctor.