Sickness Certificates

Employees must give their employers a doctors fit note (sometimes called a sicknote) if they've been ill for more than 7 days in a row and have taken sick leave.  This includes non working days such as weekends. 

If employees are self isolating due to Covid-19, they can get an isolation note from NHS 111.  

Fit notes are free.  Your GP may charge a fee for any notes required earlier than 7 days.  Id employees are off sick for less than 7 days, they do not need to give their employer a fit note.  When they return to work, their employer may require them to confirm they have been off sick.  This is called a self certification.  Your GP cannot provide self certification. 

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