19 April 2010
The government is introducing a new “fit note” system to replace the current sick note certificates that are issued by G.P.s as evidence that an employee is ill or injured and unable to attend work as normal. An example of the new “fit note” can now be viewed. The new system will come into effect this month.
Under the new fit note system, a GP may advise that the employee is either:
The advice in the fit note is not binding to the employer. The system is intended to recognise that it is not the doctor, but the employer, in consultation with the employee, who is best placed to make the decision as to whether they can accommodate such changes. If an employer is unable to facilitate a change or adjustment, the fit note will count as evidence that the employee has a health condition preventing them from carrying out their role and should therefore remain on sick leave for the stated period of time.