Covid-19 Sickness and Self-Isolation

First 7 Days of Sickness

By law, medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness (that is, employees can self-certify). After 7 days, it is for the employer to determine what evidence they require, if any, from the employee.

More than 7 Days of Sickness

If evidence is required to cover self-isolation or household isolation beyond the first 7 days of absence then employees can get an isolation note from the NHS website.

Patients who have Received a 'Shielding Letter'

If you have received a letter from your GP or from the government advising you to self isolate for 12 weeks (called shielding), this letter is sufficient to present to your employer as certification to support your absence.