November 3, 2009

Statutory Sick Pay – HMRC recommends relaxation of self-certification rules during swine flu pandemic

HMRC issued a statement on 20th October 2009 saying that during the swine flu pandemic employers should consider relaxing their rules regarding self-certification for Statutory Sick Pay purposes in order to reduce the burden on GPs. Currently, employees can self-certify for up to seven days, but HMRC has advised that employers are encouraged to extend this period or seek other evidence rather than insist on a doctor’s certificate.

The Government’s Business Link web site advises that employers consider extending the self-certification period to 10 calendar days.

Full details are available via the link below.

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