SSP - Temporary change to Rules on Fit Notes

Normally, employers can insist that employees provide them with medical evidence in the event that they are sick for a period of 7 days or more as a condition of entitlement to statutory sick pay (SSP). Normally, this takes the form of a ‘fit note’ from the employee’s GP.

However, these rules are being relaxed temporarily to help free up GPs for the administration of Covid booster vaccinations.

New rules came into effect on Friday, 17 December to the effect that employees who commenced, or now commence, sickness absence from 10 December through until 26 January cannot be required to provide medical evidence as a condition of entitlement to SSP until they have been unfit to work for a period of 28 days.

For the avoidance of doubt, this 28 day period includes non-working days, such as weekends and bank holidays (as is the case with the normal 7 day period).