Please note there has been a temporary change to fit notes as of the 10th of December 2021.
Where employees go off sick on or after 10th December, the employer can only ask for a fit note after 28 days of sickness (including non-working days).
Therefore, a fit note cannot be requested earlier than 28 days after your first day off.
Fit notes for DWP benefit claims do not need to be provided until 27th January. This will not affect claims to benefits.
These changes are to give GPs more time to focus on more pressing issues during COVID and work on the booster programme.
Please see the full guidance: GOV: Sick note guidance