Aviva is advising employers to prepare for the introduction of the Fit Note (the informal name for the Statement of Fitness for Work), due to go live from April 2010.
Replacing the traditional sick note, the Fit Note is set to cut the cost of sick leave for employers.
From 6 April, GPs will be able to advise if an employee may be fit for work and how the employee’s condition will affect what they do. GPs will also have the option to advise if their patient would be able to work, subject to the employer’s agreement, if temporary changes or amended duties could be accommodated.
Fit Notes require changes to workplace and work processes and will involve those in charge of the operation of the business to have an understanding of what has been suggested by the GP.Employers will need to establish a system for retaining confidential information about the employee’s condition whilst ensuring that the necessary information about the changes suggested by the GP are acted upon.