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A suspension is a precautionary step by the employer where they wish to take an employee out of the business for a short period of time to prevent any animosity between staff, preserve evidence or minimise any damage the employee's presence may cause to the company or other staff - these are just examples. Suspension should only really be used in more serious cases and should not last longer than is necessary. As soon as it is clear that an employee does not need to be on suspension any longer the employer should allow them to return to work. However, that does not mean that any investigation would come to an end as well. It is entirely possible for a person to be allowed to return to work, because there is no further need to keep them on suspension, but for the investigation to continue. The two do not always go hand in hand - whilst following suspension one may expect the employer to start an investigation, if the suspension is lifted it does not mean that the investigation will terminate at the same time.
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