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Statements of fitness for work, also known as ‘fit’ notes, were introduced by the Social Security (Medical Evidence) Regulations and Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) (Amendment) Regulations 2010.

Fit notes are often used for:

The ICO has published updated guidance in relation to data protection now that covid-19 measures are relaxing across the UK. The guidance does not put in place new or additional rules, but it is a useful prompt for companies to check over their data protection policies and procedures, especially where these were altered to cope with the changes brought about by the covid-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic led to various amendments to the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) regime, which no longer apply after 25 March 2022. Such amendments were relevant to the definition of incapacity; payment of SSP; requirement for evidence; and recovery of SSP payments.

Since March 2020, various amendments have been made to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These amendments are relevant to the:-

  • Definition of incapacity;
  • Payment of SSP;
  • Requirement for evidence; and
  • Recovery of SSP payments.

Interim Relief

Annika Neukirch, of our Employment team, features in the latest edition of the Bulletin published by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce and looks at 'interim relief' in relation to employment tribual proceedings.  

The UK Government has accepted in full the Low Pay Commission's recommended increases to the national living wage (NLW) and national minimum wage (NMW) rates, to apply from 6 April 2021.

With a return to work at the office now on the horizon, businesses and employers are looking at the areas that require consideration for the 'new normal'. 

We have collated responses to quesions about holidays, sickness absence and pay, business travel overseas, health & safety in non-essential offices and whistleblowing.  

If you have further queries about any of the topics covered in our Return to the Office bulletins, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Employment Team.

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