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garden leave

an informal expression to denote the practice of employers in terminating contracts to compel the employee not to work during his notice and while being paid. Attempts have recently been made to bring such clauses under the same controls as restrictive covenants.
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He said, "Upon the receipt of a letter from the Wales Audit Office I was perturbed and upset as the letter closed with the following statement which I consider threatening: 'In any event I wish to arrange a meeting with you to discuss your recent contact with the Western Mail and the article entitled 'Audit worker speaks out over two years gardening leave' which appeared in the newspaper on January 9.
He maintains the decision to send him on gardening leave has not been rescinded, although the Wales Audit Office stopped paying him a week before Christmas.
Knox stressed he had no input into the terms of his deal and made himself available for work during his gardening leave.
The chairman phoned me at 5.30 yesterday and informed me I am on gardening leave. I'm still getting paid by the club.
Dowie also wanted to bring Steve Wigley but the ex-Bolton assistant is on 'gardening leave' and unable to take a short-term contract.
Despite leaving in March, the Teessider is still awaiting a pay-off and remains on gardening leave but the Celtic chairman insisted the Mogga saga had nothing to do with delaying the appointment of Lennon.
PHIL BROWN'S GREEN FINGERS: Sacked Hull City boss has been placed on gardening leave, but how will he fare among the fauna?
MSPS yesterday slammed a pounds 159,000 "gardening leave" payment to a quango boss who had been found guilty of bullying staff.
Hector Sants, head of the Financial Services Authority, will leave in the summer to start six months "gardening leave." Officially it means ex-banker Sants, who earned basic salary of pounds 480,000 in 2008, can't use his position to jump straight into another job.
Married dad-of-three Keith Farquharson has been on gardening leave for a year but is still picking up his pounds 45,000 salary.
Spends six months on "gardening leave" after exiting Manchester United.