The period of illness on medical certificated is being extended from 7 days (1 week) to 14 days (2 weeks) as announced in a statement by the Minister for Social Solidarity Michael Falzon. This and a number of other measures have been enacted to “makes people’s lives easier”.
There are four scenarios which were outlined in the statement which can happen if an employee asks a medical professional for a certificate to prove that they cannot work due to medical reasons:
- Closed Certificate/Start and Finish – to certify that the person is not well enough to work for a specific period of time not longer than two weeks.
- Initial Certificate/Open Start – to certify that a person was medically examined for the first time and will not be good to work for over 14 days.
- Continuation Certificate – to certify that a person is still not able to attend work for a period not exceeding 14 days from the date on the issued certificate.
- Final Certificate – to certify that the person can go to work on the date specified on the medical certificate for a period not exceeding 14 days of the initial exam detailed on the certificate.
Minister Falzon said that he hopes that this will remove the need of people who are ill for longer than a week to have to present a certificate per week throughout their absence.