Statement of Fitness for Work (The Fit Note)

Statement of Fitness for Work (The Fit Note)

Fit for work? The basics

On the new form doctors will be able to advise one of two options:

Not fit for work – this means that the doctor’s assessment of your employee is that they have a health condition that prevents them from working for the stated period of time. This is just like on the old ‘sick note’ where the doctor advises your employee to “refrain from work”.

May be fit for work taking account of the following advice – this means the doctor’s assessment of your employee is that their condition does not necessarily stop them from returning to work. For example, they could return to work but may not be able to complete all of their normal duties, or they could benefit from amended working hours.

If it is not possible for you to provide the support for your employee to return to work, you and your employee should use the Statement as if the doctor had advised ‘not fit for work’. Your employee does not need to return to their doctor for a new Statement to confirm this.

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