Where there are allegations which amount to gross misconduct, or a strong operational reason, an employee can be suspended on full pay. Suspension is a holding measure and not punitive action in itself.

While suspended the employee:

  • must remain on full pay
  • must remain available to work

When investigating gross misconduct, not suspending could hinder any dismissal the employer is hoping to achieve. It is best practice that a suspension is followed up in writing. However, you must ensure that suspension is not a knee-jerk reaction, and ensure suspension is reasonable given the allegations being presented.