Meaning of “gardening leave” in the English Dictionary

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"gardening leave" in British English

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(Definition of “gardening leave” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gardening leave" in Business English

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gardening leavenoun [ U ]

uk us also garden leave informal HR, WORKPLACE

in the UK, a period of time after an employee leaves a job when they continue to be paid but are neither allowed to go to work nor to begin a new job. Important employees are sometimes put on gardening leave so that they cannot give private information about their previous employer to a new employer:

He is currently on gardening leave and may not take up his new post until May.
be placed/put on gardening leave He has been put on gardening leave while issues of compensation are resolved.

(Definition of “gardening leave” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)