Statement of Fitness for Work

Statement of Fitness for Work (The Fit Note)

Statement of Fitness for Work (The Fit Note)

“From Sick Note to Fit Note” Summary From 6 April 2010 the sick note changed to become a fit note. Sick notes (or Medical Statements) are the forms issued by doctors to people when they are ill or injured. They provide advice about whether or not an individual with a health condition is fit for work. They are commonly used by employers as evidence that an employee cannot work for sick pay purposes. Many people with health conditions can, with some basic support from their employer, work as they recover from their condition. This helps the individual because for many people work can help recovery and also benefits the employer by reducing sickness absence. Under the sick note system, doctors could only advise their patient on whether their health condition meant that they should... »

Update your Sickness Policies for “fit note” Reform

Businesses must update their sickness absence policies ready for the new “fit note” rules on 6 April, insurance firm Aviva has urged. Officially called the Statement of Fitness for Work, (547k PDF) the “fit note” will replace the traditional sick note. The note allows doctors to say whether a person is “unfit for work” or “may be fit for work” if certain conditions are met, such as different working hours or avoiding heavy lifting. However, it is up to employers themselves to decide whether to make the necessary adjustments for an employee to return safely, or sign them off sick. “Businesses need to include two new things in their policies,” said Aviva liability risk manager, Phil Grace. “Firstly, how they will manage the he... »