Hi there, the first thing to note is that 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.
The issue here is that challenging an unfair suspension is only possible by raising an internal grievance and if that does not work – by resigning and claiming constructive dismissal (or if dismissed, by claiming unfair dismissal). However, to be able to claim either you must have at least 2 years’ service, which you do not have. So therefore it is possible to be treated unfairly and be suspended for an unfair reason and even dismissed unfairly in the first 2 years of service. The only protection you would get is if the reasons for this were related to discrimination.
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