Can I ask for medical evidence when a worker is off sick or self-isolating?

You cannot legally ask for medical evidence until your employee has been off work for 7 consecutive days. You can ask your staff to confirm that they have been ill and they do this by filling out a form on their return to work. This is called self-certification.

If you have a team member who is off sick for more than 7 days then you can request a ‘fit note’ from them which is supplied by their Doctor (this used to be a sick note). The fit note will confirm whether a person is fit for work or not. If the note states that an employee is fit for work it may also include details of the work they are fit to do, or ways the employer could make adjustments to allow the person to return to work.

If you have team members who are regularly off sick in multiple periods of less than 7 days you may want to meet with them to discover if there is another problem which is causing their absenteeism. 

Filled Under: Covid-19 Posted on: 1st June 2021

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