Employees now able to self-certify for the first 28 days 

Employees now able to self-certify for the first 28 days 


  • Date: Wednesday 22nd December 2021
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In the last few days, the government has changed the rules surrounding fit notes.

Employees were previously able to self-certify for the first 7 days of a sickness absence, after which a fit note had to be obtained from their GP.

This has now changed and employees can self-certify for the first 28 days of their sickness absence.

For any sickness absences which began on or after 10 December 2021, up to and including 26 January 2022, GPs will not need to provide employees with medical evidence of sickness, such as a fit note, for the first 28 days of absence.

This is a temporary change to ease the burden on GPs during the current wave of the pandemic and to allow them to prioritise the booster campaign.

The changes were passed in parliament on 17th December 2021.

SSP Rebate Scheme

The Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Rebate Scheme restarts again from 21 December 2021 and claims can be made retrospectively from mid-January. The Scheme is open to employers with a PAYE payroll and less than 250 employees as of 30 November 2021. To claim, the employee must have already been paid the SSP.

Employers can claim for up to two weeks of SSP per employee who has needed time off for coronavirus related reasons. This two-week limit has been reset, meaning employers will be able to claim up to two weeks per employee regardless of whether they have claimed for them previously.

Source: Gavin Parrott


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