Certificates For Absences From Work

Period off Work Certificate
1 – 3 days No certificate or a private certificate signed by a doctor; fee payable for the latter.
4-6 days (including weekends) SC1 (Self-certificate) completed by patient, or private certificate signed by a doctor; fee payable for the latter.
7 days – 28 weeks Fitness to work certificate certifying inability to work signed by a doctor; no fee.
28 weeks or more as above

Employees only need a fit note from a doctor after 7 days off work sick. If they are ill just before or during their holiday, they can take it as sick leave instead. You can find out more on the Gov.uk website.

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