If you suspect an employee of stealing, do you suspend straight away? Paid or unpaid? And do you speak with them first, wait for an explanation and then refer it to disciplinary if that response is unsatisfactory?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 2 November 2010
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This depends on their circumstances. If you have a reasonable suspicion that an employee is stealing, and it will take some time to investigate this it could be reasonable. If in your reasonable opinion you consider that the stealing may be continuing during this period then, provided there is a right of suspension contained in the disciplinary policy, it should be possible to suspend pending investigation. Such suspension should be paid, as it is not a disciplinary sanction of itself. You then proceed to investigate the matter, and having done so, it can then be decided whether disciplinary action might be warranted against the employee.

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