I have been suspended from work on medical grounds, what are my rights?

Suspension of an employee on medical grounds by the employer occurs when conditions at work become hazardous to health and safety. Examples include danger from exposure to lead, ionising radiation or certain harmful chemicals. Employees with more than one month's service should get a maximum of 26 weeks' normal pay during suspension.

An employer may offer alternative employment, even if it is not within the scope of the contract, provided it is suitable. If you unreasonably refuse an offer of suitable alternative employment, you will lose your right to medical suspension pay.

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