Garden Leave – Use and Duration

Posted in : Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 7 February 2020
Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors
Issues covered:

"When and for how long should garden leave be used? When might it become a breach of contract?"

Scott: Let's look at garden leave, the concept of it. What is it? For how long might it be used and in what kind of circumstance?

Seamus: The basics of garden leave are that it is what it says on the tin to an extent. You go home and tend to your garden or you sit in the garden. It's usually paid, and you don't have to work during that period. You normally see it contained within contracts of employment where the employer will reserve a right to place an employee on garden leave.

Really, where I would see it mostly used would be at times of resignation when the employee has put in a

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Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors

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