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.


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Garden leave or gardening leave

Garden leave – employment law

24 Sep 2008

Garden leave or gardening leave is a period whereby an employee continues to receive their normal salary despite having been given notice of dismissal and being ordered to serve out a period of notice at home – or “in the garden”.

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Tarique Ghaffur accuses Met police of victimisation

10 Sep 2008

Tarique Ghaffur has claimed he is being victimised for making a complaint about race discrimination against the Metropolitan Police, after...

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Garden leave: right to work undermined by behaviour

16 Jul 2008

SG&R Valuation Service Co v Boudrais & Others

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Trade secrets: fighting the enemy within

9 May 2006

Employee fraud has doubled in two years, and today's technology means corporate information is more susceptible than ever. Our experts show how HR can help to prevent company property from falling into the wrong hands.

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Footballers’ lives

3 Jul 2005

The Ashley Cole 'tapping up' case with Chelsea has raised some important employment law issues regarding what employees can and can't do when they want to leave. By Christopher Braganza

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Redundant Employee v McNally (Inspector of Taxes), High Court, 23 March 2005

12 Apr 2005

Taxable emoluments

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Garden leave

7 Nov 2000

The power to put a senior executive or a highly skilled employee on garden leave is often exercised by employers...

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Clauses that can keep business from rivals

5 Sep 2000

Be armed with contractual provisions in order to protect business interests when losing employees to competitors
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Truth behind ‘dismissal with immediate effect’

18 Apr 2000

Employers must word contracts carefully to allow them to sack staff instantly for failing to meet set standards
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Staff who come in from the cold

1 Apr 2000

Recruiting teams from rivals is often the only realistic way of resourcing fast-growing operations. But there are many practical factors to consider, warns Sam Whitaker

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