Can an employer refuse a fit note UK?

In its latest guidance, the Government has stated that employers may ignore a fit note. The fit note is to be considered advice and it is for employers to determine if they are to accept that advice.

Can an employer override a doctor’s sick note UK?

The Government has indicated that employers may, in principle, be able to overrule a GP’s advice in a fit note as to whether or not a person is potentially fit to return to work.

What’s a phased return to work?

A phased return to work is a way of enabling employees to return to their duties in a gradual way following illness or injury. Phased returns arise from recommendations made by occupational health physicians or GPs.

Can I return to work after being sick?

After a long period of illness or injury, medical advice may recommend a phased return to work. The aim of a phased return to work is to bridge sickness absence and normal working. It involves gradually building up to an employee’s usual hours and/or job duties over an agreed period of time.

Can an employer verify a sick note?

Fit notes are usually computer-generated and printed out, but they can still occasionally be handwritten. If the sick note is printed, the employer can scan the barcode using a 2D matrix scanner to add this to their sickness records. This will also confirm that the fit note is genuine.

Can I be sacked for being off sick with anxiety?

The simple answer is yes, so long as you follow a fair process. If the employee is suffering from severe anxiety or stress, the same rules apply. If the individual is suffering from a mental illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, contact their GP for recommendations as soon as possible.

Does employer have to agree to phased return?

The phased return to work must be agreed upon by both employee and employer, to ensure both parties are happy with the arrangement.

How long can a phased return to work last?

between two to six weeks

A phased return to work usually lasts anywhere between two to six weeks, but can go on longer if necessary. The number of hours and days you work in a week varies – a phased return to work plan revolves entirely around you and your needs.