Do I have to attend a medical examination to get sick pay?

Look at your contract of employment to see whether there any specific requirements, such as attending a medical exam, for receiving and continuing to receive sick pay.

The written statement of particulars, which should be given to employees within two months of starting work, must specify the terms relating to sick pay, or refer to an easily accessible document which sets out those terms.

Usually the employer will ask employees to notify the employer early on the first day of absence. Often it allows self-certification for the first few days, before requiring medical evidence in the form of a 'fit note' from a GP.

For long-term sickness, or frequent short-term absences, the employer may, with your consent, seek a medical opinion from your GP or an occupational health (OH) specialist.

It is sensible to cooperate with your employer’s reasonable attempts to get expert advice about your medical condition. Otherwise, you risk your employer making decisions about sick pay and about your future employment without the benefit of medical input.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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