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New guidance: New Acas guidance on suspending workers

Author: Atom Content Marketing

Published: 01 Nov 2022

Employers will benefit from a new guidance from Acas to help them decide when and how they can suspend an employee while carrying out a disciplinary or grievance investigation.

The new guidance ‘Suspension during an investigation at work’ explains the relevant factors to take into account when deciding whether to suspend someone, the necessary processes, the pay and holiday rights of suspended employees, and how to support an employee’s mental health while they are suspended.

It makes it clear that employers should not automatically suspend an employee subject to an investigation and highlights the alternatives – such as moving the employee or their accuser to a different part of the business or to work with different people. It stresses the importance of communicating reasons for suspension and making it clear to all employees that suspension is not a sanction implying guilt.

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