Employees can temporarily self-certify for 28 days (instead of seven) before being required to produce medical evidence to support their sickness absence.
The temporary change has been made to free up GP capacity to focus on the coronavirus booster rollout. The temporary change:
- Applies to absences beginning on or after 10 December 2021, up to and including absences beginning on or before 26 January 2022
- Includes non-working days such as weekends and bank holidays within the 28-day self-certification period
- Will revert back to the seven-day self-certification requirement for absences beginning on or after 27 January 2022
For the purposes of company sick pay, you can still require GP fit notes for absences within the 28-day self-certification period. It’s worth bearing in mind this approach may have a reputational impact and you’ll also need to cover the GP fee.