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.

Calculating notice pay for employees on furlough

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was created at such speed that it created many unanswered questions. The government has...


KPMG partners leave firm after WhatsApp probe

9 Sep 2019

A misconduct investigation at services giant KPMG into the use of WhatsApp messages by a senior manager has led to the departure of three top executives.

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How to deal with the risks of departing employees with a grudge

19 Dec 2017

Employees who are leaving under a cloud can cause problems, demonstrated recently when a Twitter employee hid President Trump’s account...

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Employee notice periods: Getting the balance right

5 Oct 2016

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 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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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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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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