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Gardening leave and working for myself question

Discussion in 'Self Employment' started by Cornelia, Aug 7, 2015.

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    Cornelia

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    Hello

    I was wondering if somebody can help me with a quick question.
    I am currently on gardening leave, another 8 weeks to go (original was 3 months) and I am paid for this time.

    I'm thinking of working for myself as a freelance PR writer, I know people in a couple of PR firms who would commission work from me, but I'm wondering if I need to wait to get paid for anything until after the gardening leave is up.

    I was of the opinion that if I'm paid, I couldn't take another job until the end but not sure if this applies to being self employed. I have been allowed to look for work etc but haven't found anything yet. I won't b called back into work so not sure if that would make a difference.

    thank you

    Cornelia
     
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    ISS

    ISS Son of Victor Meldrew Premium Member

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    I'm afraid that I can't give you a definite answer Cornelia however check whether the wording prevents you from taking paid work, or employment specifically.

    Also is there a restriction based upon the type of work- for example is the work you are looking to do on a self employed basis the same as your previous employment?

    Jon
     
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    Duncan

    Duncan Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

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    As Jon says check your employment contract - the answer will be there. Why not just ask your current employers consent? If they are ok with it then you are fine. Lot's of people have more than one job.
     

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