Sick/Fit Note Certificates

From 10 December 2021, a Fit Note is not required unless an employee is off work for more than 28 days. The government has made this temporary change to the usual 7 day rule, to allow doctors to prioritise the coronavirus (COVID-19) booster campaign

From 10 December 2021

If you are absent due to sickness for 28 calendar days or less (including weekends), you do not need a fit note. You do not need to provide any further medical evidence to your employer

When you return to work your employer can ask to confirm you have been off sick. This is called ‘self-certification’. The employer and you can agree on how you should do this. You may need to fill in a form or send details of your sick leave by email

If you have a period of sickness absence for longer than 28 calendar days, you can request a free Fit Note

We will need to charge a fee if a fit note is requested earlier than 28 days

Before 10 December 2021

If your illness started before 10 December 2021, you can request a free Fit Note after 7 days


For more information for yourself please visit https://www.gov.uk/taking-sick-leave 

For a guide for your employer please signpost to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/statutory-sick-pay-employee-fitness-to-work

ESA Claims 

You do not need to send a fit note covering the dates between 17 December 2021 & 26 January 2022. For more info visit https://www.gov.uk/send-fit-note

Coronavirus Isolation Note

If you have been told to self-isolate because of coronavirus & you need a note for your employer

This service is only for people who:

  • you have symptoms of coronavirus or have tested positive
  • you live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, and you’re not fully vaccinated
  • you’ve been told to self-isolate by a test and trace service or the NHS COVID-19 app

Request a Coronavirus Isolation Note

Workplace Advice & Rights

Acas gives employees & employers free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules & best practice

They help offer training & help to resolve disputes

Visit Acas advice 

Returning To Work

When someone is ready to return to work after an absence, the employer should have a procedure they follow. You can check your workplace’s absence policy for this

Your workplace might have a policy for meeting with employees after absences

Visit Acas returning to work after absence