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Hegarty Solicitors answers your question on being off sick from work with Covid-19

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Every week Hegarty Solicitors answers your questions and this week, it's about being off sick with Covid-19.

The question is: What are the new rules around employee self-certification for 28 days of sickness and who does it apply to?

And the answer?

Hegarty Solicitor
Hegarty Solicitor

To ease pressure on GPs during the present time, with high levels of Covid-19 and the roll out of the Covid-19 booster vaccinations, the number of days that an employee can self-certify for sickness has been extended from seven days to 28 days.

This means that a fit to work note or medical evidence of sickness won’t be required for an employee to qualify for statutory sick pay (SSP) unless the absence period extends beyond 28 days.

Tim Thompson, of Hegarty Solicitors
Tim Thompson, of Hegarty Solicitors

How does this differ to the usual rules?

Employees eligible to receive statutory sick pay are not required to provide their employer with medical evidence to support sickness absence for the first seven days of absence. For longer periods of absence, they must obtain medical evidence (a fit note) from their GP.

How long will this rule change apply?

The change applies to absences beginning on or after 10 December 2021, up to and including absences which begin on or before January 26, 2022. The self-certification period will revert to seven days for absences beginning on or after January 27, 2022.

For further help and advice regarding employment law issues visit www.hegarty.co.uk, email info@hegarty.co.uk or call 01780 752066.

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