Before proceeding please note that as I am a practising solicitor, I am often in and out of meetings, travelling between clients or even at court when I pick your question up. This may even occur at weekends. Therefore, I apologise in advance but there may be a delay in getting back to you and providing my advice. Please be patient and I will respond as soon as I can. You do not have to wait here and you will receive an email when I have responded. For now please let me know how long you have worked there.
Hello, my name is Ben and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today.
How long have you worked there?
I will have worked there 2 years and 1 month by the time my notice period is up on 2nd August.
Thanks for your patience. When you are placed on garden leave, you are indeed still an employee of the company and the employer is perfectly entitled to expect you to undertake any contractual duties and responsibilities you have. It is not a time when you are officially allowed to seek alternative employment, although you are free to do so if you want to. Therefore, as long as the employer's requests are within the conditions of your contract of employment, they can certainly ask you to undertake them during your garden leave period. However, if they go beyond what you are contracted to do, you can resist these requests and challenge the employer over them
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