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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.  

Your written statement of employment particulars, which employers must give workers on or before their first day at work, must specify the terms relating to sick pay, or refer to an easily accessible document which sets out those terms.  

Employers will usually requireworkers to notify them early on the first day of absence if they are unwell. Self-certification is usually allowed 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 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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