Model clause

Climate Gardening Leave / Sabbatical

Eric's Clause

Incentivising people to fight against climate change through employment clauses.

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Why use this?

People want to make a difference but do not have the time nor the professional opportunity to fight against climate change.

Eric's Clause repurposes periods of Gardening Leave or Sabbaticals as opportunities to volunteer with environmental organisations by integrating climate-conscious employer-employee obligations in employment contracts.

How it promotes a net zero future

The clauses will create opportunities to diversify people’s skills and for communities to come together in tackling climate change.

They will create a cheaper workforce for governments and companies to tackle climate change.

These clauses will ensure companies are committed and promote a circular economy.

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The clause

Senior Employment Contract 

Interpretation

The definitions and rules of interpretation in this clause apply in this agreement.

Appointment: your employment by us on the terms of [this agreement OR the employment contract between you and us dated [DATE]].

Garden Leave: any period during which we have exercised our rights under clause [2]

Garden Leave

1. Following service of notice to terminate the Appointment by either party, or if you purport to terminate the Appointment in breach of contract, we may by written notice place you on Garden Leave for the whole or part of the remainder of the Appointment. [Any period of Garden Leave shall not normally exceed [PERIOD].] With our prior approval, you may undertake volunteering activities at an environmental organisation during any period of Garden Leave.

Sabbatical Leave Policy 

Climate Sabbaticals

1. Sabbaticals are generally unpaid, with the exception of sabbaticals during which employees undertake volunteering activities to a pre-approved environmental organisation (climate sabbaticals). Climate sabbaticals may last for up to one month and will be paid at the reduced rate of [50% of annual salary], subject to the usual deductions for tax and national insurance.

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