The requirement that employers conduct pre-suspension hearings prior to confirming the precautionary suspension of an employee, has been debunked by the Constitutional Court judgement recently handed down on 19 February 2019, in Alan Long v South African Breweries (Pty) Ltd & others [Case number CCT61/180]. In the aforesaid case The Constitutional Court upheld the Labour Court’s position that pre-suspension hearings are not required when an employer is contemplating placing an employee on precautionary suspension.  The court further held that where the suspension is precautionary and not punitive, there is no requirement to afford the employee an opportunity to make representations.”