Leave if you’re sick or caring for a sick family member
If you're sick you need to tell your employer and, after 3 days, provide a doctor's certificate.
You can take sick leave if:
- you're sick
- a family member is sick or injured and needs you to look after them.
If you've been injured, sick leave arrangements are different.
Calling in sick
If you're taking sick leave, you need to tell your employer that you won't be at work as soon as possible.
Proving you're sick
Your employer can ask you for a doctor's certificate to prove you're sick:
- after you've been away for 3 consecutive days
- before you've been away for 3 consecutive days if they pay the cost of getting the certificate.
You can choose which doctor you'd like to see.
If you can't provide a doctor's certificate or other proof that you're really sick, your employer doesn't have to pay you for your sick leave.