Temporary Changes To Statutory Sick Pay Doctors Note Requirements.

Temporary Changes To Statutory Sick Pay Doctors Note Requirements.

Up until now, a doctor’s note has been required for absences that exceed 7 days. When we say required, because SSP is paid by employers now and not the state, we mean that employers are entitled to demand a doctor’s note.

Pressure on GP Surgeries means the government have relaxed this as a temporary measure.  This means that for any absence which begins before 27th January 2022, a doctor’s note can only be required if the absence lasts longer than 28 days.

It does not refer to working days only and so includes non-working days. SSP however will continue to be due only for working days.

At present, these temporary measures are due to expire after 27th January, but there is no guarantee.

The amounts of SSP remain unaffected.

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