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Home » Latest News » Statutory Sick Pay: Temporary Changes

Statutory Sick Pay: Temporary Changes

Statutory Sick Pay: Temporary Changes

The Government has (fairly quietly!) made a temporary change to the rules regarding evidence of incapacity for SSP purposes.

The Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) Regulations 2021 state that an employee shall not be required to provide medical information to their employer until they have been off for 28 days or more.   This is applicable for employees who were absent on or after 10 December 2021 and applies up to and including 26 January 2022.  

What this means in effect is that an employee is able to ‘self-certify’ for 28 days without the need to provide a ‘fit note’ from their GP.  

The aim is to create greater capacity for GPs to support the vaccine booster programme by reducing the need for employees to go to their GP to get a fit note for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) purposes.

This change only applies to evidence of incapacity for SSP purposes. 

The change is temporary; unless the provisions are extended then absences on or after 27 January 2022 will revert to the previous 7-day self-certification period.