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ACAS has published new guidance for employers in relation to suspending employees from work.
Although the guidance is not binding it is recommended that employers follow it.
The main points to consider in the guidance are as follows:
Employers should suspend with caution. Whilst the ACAS Guidelines are just that: guidelines. However, these guidelines come on the back of a number of cases where employees have challenged suspensions on the basis that the mere fact of suspension had made continuing employment impossible where there is an impact on reputation. Ill-considered suspensions can lead to a breach of contract particularly if there is no contractual right to suspend. Advice is recommended in these situations.