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Unfair dismissal: EAT sets out the test for a reasonable suspicion

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    British Home Stores Ltd v Burchell [1978] IRLR 379 EAT (0 other reports)

In considering the fairness of dismissing an employee on grounds of suspected dishonesty, the standards which apply are very different to those which would be applied by a criminal court.

An employer does not have to be satisfied "beyond all reasonable doubt" that the employee committed the offence; there is no requirement before an Industrial Tribunal to "prove" that the offence was committed.