Making Sense of Employment Law
A 'fit note', is a medical statement (Statement of Fitness for Work) issued by GP’s. It has replaced the old 'sick note' and aims to focus on what an employee may be able to do at work rather than what they cannot do. Some GP's have started giving computer-completed fit notes, rather than handwritten fit notes, for a period of sickness absence greater than 7 days.
What's different about the fit note?
The old sick note could only state that employees ‘should refrain from work' or 'need not refrain from work'. The fit note offers the option to say an employee 'may be fit for work taking account of the following advice'.
In this way, a GP can suggest ways of helping an employee get back to work, such as:
a phased return to work
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