Staff now don’t have to provide a sick note to their employer after a change to rules because of Covid.
Currently, anyone who’s unwell and needs a sick note to get pay or benefits will not have to show one until 28 days after they fall ill.
Usually, you don’t need to show a sick note for the first seven calendar days, staff self-certify this absence, and then after that you need proof of your illness to get sick pay.
But there was a shake-up in the rules as Omicron cases spiked.
Since December 10, anyone in work who goes off sick won’t be asked for one until after 28 days of sickness, which includes non-working days.
This ruling remains in place until 26 January 2022. But it might be extended…
So just be aware that staff may genuinely not be able to get you a sick note, they are not making it up!
From 10 December 2021 to 26 January 2022
- If someone is absent due to sickness for 28 calendar days or less (including weekends), they do not need a fit note.
- This means they just need to tell you they’re not well enough to work and do not need to provide any further medical evidence.
- This is ‘self-certifying’ their sick leave. They should still be paid the amount of (full) sick pay that’s in their contract.
- If someone has a period of sickness absence for longer than 28 calendar days (no matter how many days they work each week), then they should get a fit note from their doctor.
Before 10 December 2021
- If an employee started their sick leave before 10 December 2021, they would provide proof of sickness (Sick note) if they were off work for more than 7 consecutive days (including non-working days).