Can you request a medical certificate for less than 7 days absence if felt appropriate/required?Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 6 July 2010
If you pay company sick pay, you are free to choose what evidence of incapacity you require. This means that you could, in theory, require a medical certificate for all absences as a pre-requisite of paying company sick pay, although this is rare.
Generally speaking, however, self certification suffices and is usual for absences of less than 7 days. This position is taken as standard for purposes of expediency and to ensure that doctors are not over-run with making certifications for each and every day of absence. Many employers also follow this as it is in line with statutory sick pay (SSP)
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