ACAS has produced new advice on handling staff suspensions at work. The outline guidance can be seen here: ACAS guidance on suspension.
It sets out information about suspension and the circumstances which may prompt suspension of an employee. ACAS advise that the employer should consider each situation carefully before deciding whether to suspend someone and set out what other options could be available.
There is also some more specific guidance on suspension during an investigation at work which can be accessed here: ACAS guidance on suspension during an investigation. The guidance covers deciding whether to suspend someone, the process for suspending someone, supporting an employee’s mental health during suspension and pay and holiday during suspension.
It is important to get suspension right otherwise, the employer could be exposed to claims for constructive dismissal and/or discrimination. Critically, suspension should also be kept under review and as short as possible. For more information, please reach out to one of the team at Astons Solicitors.
22nd September 2022