Sickness or Health Issues

[Editor’s Note -This is a new section which will be expanded with additional topics].

Updated 01/01/2022

Rates for the current and previous year are given (The rates for the previous year rates are shown in brackets)

Self-Certificates for Sickness Absence – temporary change

Normally an employee is required to provide a self-certificate to cover up to the first 7 calendar days* of a period of sick absence. From the eighth consecutive day of absence, a medical certificate should be provided. That has been the requirement for many years.

However, because of the current infection rates, a temporary change has been made. From 17th December 2021 a self-certificate may cover up to 28 calendar days incapacity from work.

This change is effective from 17th December 2021 in England, Wales and Scotland. In practice this means that:

  • If a period of incapacity begins on 17th December, a self-certificate from that date will be valid to cover an absence due to sickness up to and including 26th January 2022 or a lesser period of absence or
  • If the period of incapacity started before 17th December and the incapacity has not lasted more than 7 days on 17th December, then the relevant self-certificate will be valid for 28 calendar days from the start date of the certificate.

It also seems that any period of incapacity arising between 17th December and 26th January 2022 could mean a self-certicate will be valid for up to the maximum of 28 days. This particular point is subject to clarification.

The regulations are known as the Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) Regulations 2021. It appears that the changes have been made to alleviate the workloads for GPs and Doctors during the current crisis

TIP – some employers may have more beneficial terms for sickness and different requirements for notification of sickness. However, most employers will be obliged to accept this temporary change to the period for which a self-certifcate is valid.

Statutory Sick Pay known as SSP ~

Employers often have different pay and conditions to qualify for payment of sickness absence which you should find in your terms of appointment. Some employers will just pay lthe minimum sick pay and period set by the Government which is reviewed usually from April each year.

Current rate = £96.35 (£95.85) – maximum entitlement of 28 weeks whether consecutive weeks.or linked periods of sick absence.