Fit Notes

New regulations replace “sick notes”

Last month the Social Security and Statutory Sick Pay Amendment Regulations introduced a Statement of Fitness for Work to replace the traditional “sick note”.

Under the new regulations, the “fit note” will feature information from the employee’s doctor detailing how the patient’s medical condition impacts upon the ability to meet the demands of the role, and also allows the doctor to suggest what could be done to help the employee to resume work.

The maximum duration for which a medical statement can be issued will be reduced from six months to three months during the first six months of a medical condition.

It is thought that the fit note will save the UK around £240 million in costs associated with absenteeism.

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