28 Days Self Certification for Employees

Cleare HR Case StudyTemporary changes came into force on 17 December 2021 (today) regarding employees’ rights to self certify when off sick from work.  Employees can now self  certify for a maximum of  28 days.   Before that date, employees could self certify for 7 days before having to provide a Fit Note from their GP in order to claim SSP.

  • The rule changes apply to absences which began on or after 10 December 2021 
  • The rule changes will continue for all absences which begin up until and including 26 January 2022
  • GPs will still provide Fit Notes for those who are off sick for more than 28 days during the time that the temporary change is in place
  • From 27 January 2022 Fit Notes will be required after 7 days as before.

This change has been bought in to allow GPs to focus on the booster roll out.

This must be first time that the self certification has changed and has been introduced by the government at very short notice.    Employers are advised to make sure that they send a copy of their self certificate to employees for them to complete as soon as they call in sick.

Sick absence records should still be kept during this period; and sick absence management can continue as before.

If you are concerned about the effect that this change may have then please do not hesitate to let me know.