Garden leave

“Garden leave” or “gardening leave” is the practice of requiring an employee not to attend the employer’s premises for work during his or her contractual notice period. Instead, the employee is paid his or her full contractual salary to stay at home. The practice is often used where a senior or key employee resigns in order to join a competitor.


notice-periods

Employee notice periods: Getting the balance right

New XpertHR Benchmarking research has found that most employers are happy with the way notice periods work at their organisation, ...

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Employee notice periods: take part in our survey

25 Jul 2016

XpertHR is running a short benchmarking survey on employee notice periods, focusing on resignations outside the probationary period.
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The webinar will look at all forms of leave, genuine or not.

Leave and absence: managing attendance fairly (webinar)

21 Jun 2016

ON DEMAND | What happens when employees take holiday, fall sick, or have other reasons that affect their attendance?

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restrictive-covenants

Restrictive covenant review as the job market recovers

1 Oct 2015

Employers that have not updated restrictive covenants in their employment contracts should do so as the jobs market improves, and...

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Contractual notice periods range from one week to six months. Two thirds of organisations use a one month notice period for at least one group of employees; 42% have a three-month notice period. Source: XpertHR Managing employee departures survey

Notice periods: 10 employers’ questions on UK law

23 Sep 2015

What do employers need to know about notice periods on the termination of employment? Ashok Kanani answers the top 10...

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How will proposed changes affect tax free termination payments?

How could changes to tax-free termination payments affect employers?

15 Sep 2015

As part of the Summer Budget, the Chancellor announced plans to change the tax treatment of termination payments and the...

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confidential-information

How employers can protect confidential information

29 Apr 2015

Recent statistics have indicated a rise in the number of attempts by employees or former employees to misappropriate an employer’s...

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How do you stop old employees poaching clients they are connected to on LinkedIn?

Protecting LinkedIn contacts: how to stop departing employees poaching clients

7 Jan 2015

The risk of employees using contact lists to poach clients when they leave an organisation is nothing new, but the...

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Garden leave: Gardening is not obligatory

Garden leave: the employer’s prerogative

16 Dec 2014

Meriel Schindler, head of employment at Withers LLP,  looks at how employers should respond to employee resignations and how to...

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Covenants

Key tips for avoiding errors when drafting restrictive covenants

29 Aug 2014

Restrictive covenants are one of the key weapons in the fight against unlawful competition by former employees. Drafting enforceable restrictions...

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Garden leave

Is garden leave overrated?

18 Dec 2013

Charles Wynn-Evans questions whether garden leave is all it is cracked up to be or if there are hidden pitfalls...

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Weekly dilemma: Garden leave

1 Dec 2011

Our HR director resigned a few weeks back and is completing three months’ garden leave. Her LinkedIn profile now claims...

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Legal opinion: Taking a proactive stance on competitor poaching

19 Sep 2011

As the economy recovers, competition for skilled employees increases. In order to grow the business, many companies aim to recruit...

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Equality Act 2010: six updates for your equal opportunities policy

10 Mar 2010

For a limited time only, Personnel Today Plus members can access a full model policy on equal opportunities which takes...

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Royal Mail HR director was made redundant in January

24 Feb 2009

A Royal Mail group HR director has been made redundant, just as parliament is set to debate the possible part-privitisation...

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