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From April 2010, the sick note was replaced by
the fit note. This signalled a shift in emphasis from how
long an employee cannot be at work to providing more useful
information on how your employee's condition affects what they do
and how they might be able to return to work. A doctor will
give a 'may be fit for work' statement if they think that your
employee's health condition may allow them to work - as long as you
give them the appropriate support. The appropriate support
could be a phased or graduated return to work as well as the
‘reasonable adjustments’ set out in the ‘Costs and benefits of reasonable
adjustments’ section of this website.
Sick note to
Department for Work and
From the 6th April 2010 the sick
note was replaced by the fit note. This section of the DWP
website includes a guide for employers, employees and health
professionals on the new system.
Information for employers
of Fitness for work: A guide for Employers
This booklet has information specifically for
employers. It includes a flow chart of what to do when you
receive a ‘Maybe fit for work’ statement as well as FAQs, case
studies and sources of information and support including links to
information about statutory sick
Fitness for Work or 'Fit Note'
This guidance from ACAS also includes
information on ACAS services such as in-company training.
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