Is there a maximum time for suspension

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  1. vicki simms profile image70
    vicki simmsposted 8 years ago

    I know of an employee who has been suspended for over 5 months now for something that the company have no evidence for and the employee is not in the wrong, any advice????

    1. dutchman1951 profile image59
      dutchman1951posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      talk to an attorney that specialises in labor law. First visit is usualy free. Ask first, dont assume it is.

      Are you sure this person has not been fired and is not telling you all the story?   5 months is a long time, and there would be some word from the HR office to that person concerning status and why..? An offical letter, a phone call, something?

      length of time does not make sense?

    2. kirstenblog profile image73
      kirstenblogposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I have just spent half a year suspended, was suspended last april and will be re-instated as soon as they can place me (so possibly another few months then!). I don't know where your friend is and each country is likely to be different. Here in the UK they had to review the suspension every 60 days or so and extend it if they had not come to any conclusion. My suspension is full pay so I did not mind too much but did find it difficult from the point of view of not knowing what was going to happen or being unable to move on if things went badly. Luckily for me I got a slap on the wrist (naughty girl) and will be back at work when they get me back hmm

      1. vicki simms profile image70
        vicki simmsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        do you know whether its the uk law that they had to review your suspension every 60 days or was it the company policy??
        I'm glad it has all worked out for you and you are going back to work smile

        1. kirstenblog profile image73
          kirstenblogposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          It is a local council job and may well be a policy of the council, I am not entirely sure. I know my case was a very unusual one. I had had a complaint made against me because of the scars on my arms and anything to do with mental health issues has to be treated with the utmost sensitivity or else I would be in a law suit now :rolleye:

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    Website Examinerposted 8 years ago

    A suspension of such length (infinite, apparently) could be seen as de facto termination. If the suspended person does not take appropriate legal action, this could weaken his/her legal position.

  3. vicki simms profile image70
    vicki simmsposted 8 years ago

    yes its definatly 5 months and still suspended, they had a disciplinary hearing at the begining of the month but the evidence presented in te hearing was not relevant to them and clearly the mistake of someone else so the meeting was halted while they gather more evidence but they cannot come up with anything?

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      Website Examinerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I would also advise the person to seek legal counsel immediately.

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    BenjaminBposted 8 years ago

    My question would be,what kind of a person in their right mind would be suspended from any job for any large length of time and not have sense enough to move on in life?

    In other words if someone I knew told me that I'd just look at them like a pitiful fool and have no words for them.

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      Website Examinerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Good point. But without knowing the specific circumstances, it is hard to tell. Suspension often involves some nasty things, which could damage someone's career and cost them dearly. The best thing to do would have been to seek legal counsel from day one.

      1. vicki simms profile image70
        vicki simmsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Yes I agree to a certain degree BenjaminB but if they have done nothing wrong and still being paid surely if they hand their notice in this would be like admitting they are in the wrong which is why they are not leaving and digging their heels in.

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    BenjaminBposted 8 years ago

    Oh still getting paid! Well in that case I would try and figure out what they did to achieve such a great situation. Still getting paid, I'll sign up for lifetime suspension on that plan and they can smear my name in any way they see fit in the process as long as the checks keep rolling in.

    1. vicki simms profile image70
      vicki simmsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      hahaha true!!

  6. cre8tive profile image81
    cre8tiveposted 8 years ago

    Speaking as an ex HR manager, there isn't a legal minimum suspension time, though there should be company policies in place that would lay out the expected process. (I'm assuming this is a UK person as you're based in the UK)

    Length of suspension is generally governed by the complexity of the case, and although 5 months seems quite a long time it's by no means the longest I've known, and depending on circumstances could be perfectly reasonable.

    What a person can do in this sort of situation depends on a wide variety of factors such as length of service and the allegations involved.

    Sorry that this probably isn't much help but there isn't enough information in your post to really be able to give advice.

    1. vicki simms profile image70
      vicki simmsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for this, its a very indepth situation and if I was to go into detail I may as well write a hub on it smile
      I think its just very frustrating for the person involved as they no they have followed procedure and dont nothing wrong.


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