Thursday, 8 April 2010

New fit note scheme

Changes to the way that workers take time off sick come into effect this April. Under the new system, doctors will be allowed to advise what sort of tasks that employees can perform rather than simply issue a sick note that declares someone too ill to work. It is hoped that the ‘fit notes’ will reduce costs for employers and prevent long-term sick leave absences.
The DWP has produced guidance for both employers and doctors on the fit note scheme, which can be found at

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