Hello, not sure if you saw my initial query above - How long have you worked there for?
Just over eight years
Why does the employer think this is linked to work - were you stopped whilst undertaking your duties, were you driving a company vehicle, etc?
They don't think it was when I was on duty. They know it was from the evening before. And it is my car not a company car
Being placed on suspension is not an automatic assumption of guilt and does not amount to disciplinary action. It is there to be used as a precautionary measure whilst an employer investigates any 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.
During the period of suspension the employer should conduct a reasonable investigation into the allegations against the employee. If the investigation gathers enough evidence to justify the taking disciplinary action that could be the next step. In that case the employee has the right to be informed in advance of the allegations against them and be given the opportunity to prepare for the 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.
In terms of the employer taking formal disciplinary action against you they must be able to show that you had either be drunk on duty or that you being stopped by the police brought the company into disrepute, such as if you were driving a company car and it could be linked to them.
Being signed off with stress should not go against you as it would not change the facts leading up to the matter which started all of this – namely you being stopped by the police.
I hope this clarifies your position? If you could please quickly let me know that would be great, as it is important for us to keep track of customer satisfaction. Thank you