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self-certification sick notes

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woolovermyeyes Wed 13-Jul-11 12:09:04

Can these be written down on an average piece of paper in letter type from?

Due to an injury I've been off sick from work. After the 8th day of injury, I was able to get a 'fit note' from my doctor saying that I was unfit to work. So, for the first 8 days I self certified (I know it's onlt meant to be a week but that's the only appointment I could get at the GP's).

My boss said I need to just write a few lines on a piece of paper saying that I was off for the 7 days (does this make a difference? even though it was actually 8?) as the first day of absence would not have been a normal working day anyway. Is there not a proper form I should fill in?

izzybizzybuzzybees Wed 13-Jul-11 12:12:35

There is a proper form here

woolovermyeyes Wed 13-Jul-11 12:13:20

Ok, that's a bit confusing....
I was off sick on the 30th June onwards and got the sick note on the 8th July. The 30th was not a normal working day for me - I don't work Thursdays. My boss has asked me for a letter stating that I self- certified my illness from 1st - 7th July.

woolovermyeyes Wed 13-Jul-11 12:21:20

That's brilliant izzybizzy, thank you so much for that link. I'm glad there's a proper form to fill out - it seemed very unprofessional just writing a few lines. Also, I don't know why my boss has told me to only write that I was off from 1st onwards. Does it make a difference as I wouldn't have worked the first day anyway?

Grevling Wed 13-Jul-11 12:41:32

That's not a self cert form that is for SSP - they are not the same thing.

There is no official form for SSP. Most companies have a form they file in your documents. so they can show you were off sick and these were the reasons the same as they would if you were to hand in a doctors note.

Grevling Wed 13-Jul-11 12:42:04

"There is no official form for SSP" meant to read "There is no official form for Self Certing"

izzybizzybuzzybees Wed 13-Jul-11 12:48:15

Grevling- see below

Self-certification forms usually include details such as:

•information about your sickness or illness
•the date your sickness started
•the date your sickness ended
These dates may be days that you don’t normally work. For example, your sickness could start or end on a Saturday, Sunday or bank holiday.

Many employers have their own self-certification forms. If your employer doesn’t have their own form, instead they may use an *SC2 form from HM Revenue & Customs: Employee’s Statement of Sickness*(PDF, 53kb).

Grevling Wed 13-Jul-11 13:37:52

"they may use" - may use. Like I said there is no official form just because you can use it doesn't mean you have to. If you boss is happy with a few lines of "I was sick on x to y" then use that.

Grevling Wed 13-Jul-11 13:39:40

The reason I'm being annoying and making the differentiation is because I don't want people think SSP and self certs are the same thing which thier not.

woolovermyeyes Thu 14-Jul-11 16:01:02

Thank you for your replies - so does it make a difference that I effectively self-certified for 8 days in the end?

Grevling Fri 15-Jul-11 11:05:36

Not really. The law states you can self certify for up to 7 days. Nothing to stop an employer saying you can self certify for 100 days if they're willing to pay you.

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