Fit for Work: guidance for employers

Guidance for employers on using Fit for Work to help their employees stay in or return to work.

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This page has been withdrawn because the Fit for Work assessment service has ended. You can still get advice about health and work and support on sickness absence, at:



This guidance aimed to help employers make the best use of Fit for Work, supporting their employees to return to work as quickly as appropriate.

We also published Fit for Work guidance for employees and guidance for GPs.

Published 2 January 2015
Last updated 8 September 2015 + show all updates
  1. Replaced guidance with revised versions – Return to Work Plans issued through Fit for Work can be accepted as evidence of sickness absence by employers in exactly the same way as a GP fit note.
  2. Added information about the phased roll-out of Fit for Work in England, Scotland and Wales in 2015. And replaced guidance PDFs.
  3. First published.