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The Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) Regulations, SI 2021/1453 amend the Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) Regulations, SI 1985/1604 to increase the number of days for which an employee is not required to provide medical evidence of sickness absence to their employer from 7 days to 28 days.

The relaxation applies for periods of absence which start on any day during the period from 17 December 2021 to 26 January 2022 (or which started before 17 December but have, on that date, lasted for no longer than seven days).

The policy aim is to free up GP time to support the coronavirus vaccine booster programme by reducing the need for employees to ask their GP for medical evidence for the purposes of statutory sick pay.

HMRC has also updated its guidance Statutory sick pay: employee fitness to work to reflect the temporary change.

HMRC has also confirmed that the statutory sick pay rebate scheme is to be reintroduced from mid-January 2022. Further details are expected from HMRC in due course.

Issue: 1558
Categories: News