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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
Work and Pensions
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
Information for employers
Business Link website.
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
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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