In an unexpected announcement before Christmas, the Government has made temporary arrangements so that employees can now self certify sickness for upto 28 days, as against 7 days now.
They only need to attend their GP for a fit note when they have been sick for more than 28 days. This includes non working days such as weekends and Bank Holidays.
This is intended to assist GP’s in relieving the burden of addressing the Omicron variant for the next few weeks. As such, it applies to sick leave commencing between 10th December 2021 and 26th January 2022.