Sick (fit) notes

If you’ve been off sick for 7 days or less

If you’re off work sick for 7 days or less, your employer should not ask for medical evidence that you’ve been ill. Instead, they can ask you to confirm that you’ve been ill. You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. We call this self-certification.

Some employers insist on a Doctor’s note regardless. A Doctors note under these circumstances may involve a charge.

Find out more about sick notes on the NHS website.

If you’ve been off sick for more than 7 days

To request a sick note: