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Sickness Certificates

You do not require a doctor’s certificate for any time off work for illness lasting 7 days or less. Your employer may ask you to complete a self-certification form which they should provide. After 7 days your employer can ask for evidence of your illness. Currently this is a ‘statement of fitness for work’ (fit note). You will need to be seen by a doctor for this. In some circumstances, a telephone consultation will be adequate.

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