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Many thanks for your patience. Unless there is a clear contractual right to do so, an employer will not be able to suspend an employee without pay. Therefore, while the employee is suspended, they should continue receiving their pay and normal benefits. So you should first check your contract of employment to see if there is a specific right for the employer to suspend you without pay. If no such right exists then during the period of suspension you are entitled to be paid your normal pay and benefits. If the employer fails to do so, you can pursue this as an unlawful deduction of wages issue and take it further to recover what you are due.
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Thank you. if you were not paid for the time on suspension when there was no clause allowing the employer not to pay you, in order to try and resolve this, the employer should be contacted in writing, advised that this is being treated as unlawful deduction of wages and ask them to pay back the money within 7 days. Advise them that if they fail to pay the money that is owed, legal proceedings could follow.
If the employer does not return the money as requested, the following options are available:
1. Employment Tribunal - the time limit to claim is only 3 months from the date the deductions were made. To make the claim, form ET1 needs to be completed and submitted - you can find it here: https://www.employmenttribunals.service.gov.uk/employment-tribunals
2. County Court – this is an alternative way to claim and the advantage is that the time limit is a much longer 6 years and is usually used if you are out of time to claim in the Tribunal. The claim can be made online by going to: www.moneyclaim.gov.uk.
Hopefully by warning the employer you are aware of your rights and are not going to hesitate taking further action they will be prompted to reconsider their position and work towards resolving this.