Does an employer have to pay an employee who is suspended?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 2 October 2018
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
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Suspension usually takes place either:

  • To enable an employer to investigate allegations of misconduct; or
  • For medical or health and safety reasons.

Therefore, suspension should be invoked as a protective measure and should not be utilised as a disciplinary sanction nor in a manner likely to result in the breakdown of the implied duty of trust and confidence between the employer and employee. On this basis, even if an employee is suspended as part of a disciplinary process, they should continue to receive full pay. The only exception to this is if there is an express provision to the contrary in the contract of employment. Employees suspended for medical or health and safety reasons should

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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