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Suspension from work (1 month)

Suspension is the result of a decision by your employer that the usual employment relationship cannot function effectively while the investigation (or situation) is continuing. It does not mean that you are culpable. You are entitled to the presumption of innocence of the gross misconduct being investigated. Use this brief guidance to learn about your rights and your employer’s obligations during suspension.


If you are suspended from work, it is a temporary status determined by your employer where allegations of gross misconduct have been made against you, are being investigated, but have not been established or dismissed. You should only be suspended for gross misconduct, although you can be suspended for health and safety reasons. This page takes you briefly through your rights and your employer’s obligations during suspension. For more detailed guidance with audits, sample letters and instructions to check whether your suspension was reasonable and used a fair procedure, see Suspended from work: Understand the process, know your rights and survive it

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