Sick Note / Fit Note Certificates
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The law says that Employees can take time off work if they’re ill. They need to give their employer proof if they’re ill for more than 7 days.
If they’re ill just before or during their holiday, they can take it as sick leave instead.
if you have been sick for 7 days or less in a row including non working days you do not need to give your employer a fit note or other proof of sickness from a healthcare professional.
When you return to work, your employer can ask you to confirm you have been off sick. This is called ‘self-certification’. The employer and employee will agree on how the employee should do this. You might need to fill in a form or send an email.
Getting a fit note
You only need to give your employer proof if you have been ill for more than 7 days in a row and have taken sick leave. This includes non-working days, such as weekends and bank holidays.
Employees can get a fit note from the following healthcare professionals:
- GP or hospital doctor
- registered nurse
- occupational therapist
The healthcare professional needs to assess the employee’s fitness for work before giving a fit note.
Fit notes are free if the employee has been ill for more than 7 days when they ask for one. The healthcare professional might charge a fee if the employee has been ill for 7 days or less.
Other proof of sickness
If their employer agrees, the employee can use a similar document called an Allied Health Professional (AHP) Health and Work Report instead. Someone working in any of the following occupations can provide this:
- Art Therapist
- Music therapist
- Occupational therapist
- Operating Department Practitioner
- Speech and language therapist