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Temporary Extension to Sickness Absence Self-Certification Period

An employee can normally self-certify sickness absence for the first 7 days. However, the self-certification period has now been extended to first 28 days of sickness absence on a temporary basis

This temporary change is to enable GPs to focus on the COVID-19 booster programme.

The change is effective from 17th December 2021. The temporary change applies to absences beginning on or after 10 December 2021, up to and including absences which begin on or before 26 January 2022. The self-certification period will revert to seven days for absences beginning on or after 27 January 2022.

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Ivan Spibey

About Ivan Spibey

As an HR Consultant, Ivan has worked with businesses of all types and sizes. Clients include retail, logistics, transport, engineering, accountants and charities, amongst others.