This guide discusses the suspension of employees during disciplinary procedures and of both striking and non-striking employees during a strike.
Suspension should not be considered lightly in any circumstances. Suspension does not suspend the
contract of employment; it merely suspends its performance.
An employer may suspend employees who are striking and an employer may suspend non-striking
employees who have no work because of a strike by other employees. The suspension of striking
employees ensures that no wages are payable to those employees and both striking and non-striking
employees may be suspended even if the strike is unlawful.
An employer may also suspend an employee as part of its disciplinary process and a suspension during
a disciplinary process is usually suspension on pay. The rules of procedural fairness apply to
suspension during a disciplinary process.

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