In Georgia and elsewhere in the Southeast, a new strategy is slowly gaining traction that is designed to help companies with what can be a thorny problem: key employees jumping ship to join the competition. Commonly called garden leave, this strategy involves paying departing employees to do nothing other than “tend to their gardens,” as the British who originated the concept put it.

The reason a company may consider such an expensive step is that it can reduce risks tied to an important employee’s departure, including the cost of lost revenue and new litigation. But while garden leave may continue slowly increasing in the business world, it has virtually no chance of being used by law firms in the Southeast.   

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