FACT FOOD #329

The term ‘Garden Leave’ originated in the British Civil Service where employees had the right to request special leave for exceptional cases. “Garden leave” became a substitute expression for “suspended” as an employee who was formally suspended pending an investigation into their conduct would often request to be out of the office on special leave instead. The term became popular in 1986 when it was used in the BBC sitcom Yes, Prime Minister, episode “One Of Us”.