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Is the fit note fit for work?
The fit note can reduce sickness absence but more guidance is needed from GPs to enable employers to make adjustments.
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) has published research into employer and employee experiences of the fit note which replaced the sick note in April 2010.
It concludes that the fit note can improve practice in enabling employees to return to work, through adjustments, such as amended duties or temporarily reduced hours. However, the fit note frequently lacks information from GPs to enable employers to make adjustments and these are not always implemented effectively.