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Gardening leave may sound like a relaxing break, but it can be a useful area of employment law for employers wishing to protect their business from competition and poaching by departing employees. In the past, it has been hard to impose gardening leave if there is not an express clause set out in an employee’s contract. However, a recent High Court decision may have changed this position, making it easier for employers to impose gardening leave. Gardening – or garden – leave is the legal term for a period where an employee is given their notice but continues to receive