For an employee who has decided to move on to pastures new and has handed in his/her notice, or has been told they are to be made redundant, there are certain pitfalls to be avoided. They may seem obvious (like serving notice), but people still fall foul of them. Walking out there and then is a big step for an employee – we’re in constructive dismissal territory here and legal advice should be taken before you do it. In other cases some employees only have regard to the restrictive covenants in their contracts of employment (which are the clauses that say the departing employee won’t try to solicit work or custom from the clients he’s been dealing with, or prevent him from joining a competing business once he’s left). Whether those restrictions are always legally enforceable is another matter and constitute another material for another blog post or three, but in this post I want to highlight for employees that trying to get ahead by taking confidential information, or by acting inappropriately whilst stil an employee (even if on garden leave) could end in tears.