When sick leave is taken by an employee, their employer is entitled to ask for proof of the illness or injury (typically a medical certificate from a doctor).
If your employer asks for proof when you’re off sick for less than 3 consecutive days, they are required to pay any expenses incurred (for example, your GP’s consultation fee). However, if you are off work sick for 3 or more consecutive days then you’ll have to pay for any costs incurred in getting proof if requested.
If an employee doesn’t provide proof when requested without having a reasonable excuse, their employer is not required to pay them for the sick leave until the proof has been provided.
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