Hi there, I am very sorry for the delay in replying, my laptop decided to give up and I have just managed to find a replacement.
Going back to your query, being placed on suspension is not an automatic assumption of guilt and does not amount to disciplinary action. Whilst it can lead to disciplinary action, it is primarily there to be used as a precautionary measure whilst an employer investigates any serious allegations against the employee. Reasons for suspending could be in the case of gross misconduct, breakdown of relationship, risk to an employer's property, their clients or other employees, to preserve evidence or ensure it is not tampered with, avoid potential witnesses being pressured or intimidated, etc.
Ideally the suspension should be followed up with a letter confirming the suspension and outlining the reasons for it, although this is not a legal requirement, just good practice.
The period of suspension should be as short as possible and kept under regular review. During that period the employer should conduct a reasonable investigation into the allegations against the employee. If the investigation gathers enough evidence to justify taking disciplinary action, the employee has the right to be informed in advance of the allegations and evidence to be used against them and be given the opportunity to prepare to defend themselves at the forthcoming hearing.
On the other hand, if the investigation does not find enough evidence to justify a disciplinary, the employer should terminate the suspension immediately and allow the employee to return to work as normal.
As to your specific queries, You should have been given at least some information by now, although there is nothing specific in law which states exactly what should be given to you and when. So this is more a good practice requirement, rather than something strictly legal which the employer has to do.
And as to the complainant conducting the investigation, there is indeed potential bias there so if there are other managers who can do this instead, they should be the ones who do it, to ensure that the process is done fairly.
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