Can an employee on paid suspension be asked to carry out some of their duties?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 3 December 2018
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
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Given that the purpose of suspension is to remove an employee from the workplace, usually to enable an instance of misconduct to be investigated, it would be unlikely for an employer to require a suspended employee to carry out work.

However, this will be fact specific and there may be certain occasions where the suspension letter will state that the employee may be required to carry out some duties, upon request.

Employers should ensure that they have a robust disciplinary policy in place which deals with periods of suspension. It is prudent for the policy to state that during periods of suspension, employees must remain available for work, as this will (a) enable the employer to ask the

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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