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Can they force me into the garden? Know Your Rights Justin Madders.

Q: I am an accountant and have just told my boss I will be handing in my month's notice at the end of the week to join another practice. When I told him, he said he would probably put me on garden leave and that I won't be allowed to turn up for work for the notice period. I have checked my contract and it does mention garden leave, but I don't want to stay at home, so would like to know if they can force me to? Justin says: Garden leave covers the situation where an employee would still be paid as normal although, because of particular circumstances (such as yours), the company does not want you to attend work. As you are still an employee, they can require you to stay home rather than attend work. You may want to try and negotiate an earlier leaving time.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 18, 2009
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