Major change to sick leave rules means workers could get 28 days off work

Workers are now unable to work for 28 days without a medical certificate to help get the vaccine up and running.

The new changes come after regulations say workers can have a week off without having to give their employer a medical certificate.

The new changes allow a breathing space to organize the administration of vaccines, reports MyLondon

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Commenting on the rule change, Unison, a union for public sector workers, said: “The UK government has temporarily changed the provision of Fit Notes until January 27, 2022.

“If you fall ill on or after December 10, 2021, employers can only provide proof of sickness notification (e.

Unite confirmed: “Evidence of illness can be requested at the earliest 28 days.”

The move has raised concerns about staff shortages in the capital following the Covid outbreak, the Evening Standard reported.

More than 20 NHS trusts have reported critical incidents due to staff shortages, and many schools are being forced to consider returning to online learning.

Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi said that by the end of 2020 around 8% of school staff were sick, reports The telegraph.

He added that that number “is likely to increase” in the New Year.

Professor Martin Marshall, Chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said: “We have very significant pressures in general medicine, which of course has been around for a long time, but is made considerably worse by the Covid pandemic, and especially by this variant of Omicron. ”

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