Restrictive Covenants Vs. Garden Leaves

Law360, New York (July 1, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Imagine an employment contract in which an employer guarantees paid leave from work so long as the employee promises to give a certain amount of notice before resigning.

To some, that idea might seem like it is too good to be true. It certainly does not seem like the kind that would originate among employers looking for new ways to protect their business interests.

However, it is this very idea — employer enforced “garden leaves” — that has become a firmly entrenched practice in England and...
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