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What is Suspension?

Suspension is a scenario wherein an employee, although employed in an organization, is asked not to attend, work, or engage in any of the workplace-related matters generally temporarily. It could be a disciplinary measure taken against an employee for any misconduct being investigated or due to medical needs. The reason for suspension should be clearly specified in the employee’s policy along with its procedure and aftermath.

An example of suspension at the workplace:

An employee that misbehaved with the higher authorities was suspended from working for a week.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the reasons for suspension?

Suspension can be given for the following reasons;

  • Misconduct
  • Not obeying the companies code of conduct
  • Damaging the company property and assets

What are the rules for suspension?

Suspension rules can differ from company to company, but here are some of the common rules:

  • During the suspension period, the employee has to be paid as the suspension allowance.
  • The employees should be suspended under a completed inquiry of the situation and the decided outcome.

Is suspension shown in the work records?

If the suspension is for a shorter period, it is not noticed as much. However, if the suspension lasts for a more extended period of time, the suspension might be visible in the work records.

Are the employees paid during suspension?

Yes, the employees are paid during the suspension period. However, the payee is not equal to the regular payee of an employee and can differ from company to company.

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