Introduction to Newsletter 24.02.10Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
This week’s newsletter, other than the regular payroll calendars, consists solely of a detailed article on the new medical statements, or “fit notes” that will be issued by doctors from 6 April 2009. They will have a significant impact on the way employers handle sickness absences and require employers to have a fresh look at the rules governing payment of SSP.
What a misnomer “fit note” is! DWP guidance is at pains to stress that patients are now unable to obtain a Statement that they are fit for work. The name, in fact, derives from the new arrangement whereby doctors can indicate that a patient may be fit for work if the employer is able to make some adjustments to the patient’s working arrangements or environment. The significance of this change cannot be overstated – every employer must consider how a doctor’s suggestions are going to be handled.
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