Should employees who are absent due to pandemic flu be required to get certification from their GP to confirm that they are ill?
An employer must tell its employees what it expects them to provide as evidence of incapacity for statutory sick pay purposes, and when they must provide this. For spells of sickness lasting four to seven days, employees can be required to self-certify. The employer can ask for a doctor's statement only after the first seven days in a spell of sickness. The employer can then ask for regular doctor's statements to cover the balance of the sickness absence. If the employer operates a more generous contractual sick pay policy, it can require that its employees provide evidence of incapacity in line with this policy. However, if attendance at GP surgeries is restricted, employers may have to review their policies to allow for longer periods of self-certification.