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Mark Welch

Mark Welch is an associate in the International Employment Practice Group, having joined the firm as a trainee solicitor in 2018. His practice covers a range of both UK and international employment issues including international employment aspects of global transactions, HR-legal compliance issues and contentious employment matters.

Mark also assists clients seeking to protect their business and increase international compliance through the drafting and implementation of employment contracts and internal policies. He has particular experience in relation to whistleblowing matters, both advising clients on whistleblower protections and requirements for compliance purposes and defending clients in contentious matters involving allegations based on protected disclosures.

Mark gained valuable experience while on secondment to a large pharmaceutical client. He is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee.

From as soon as 1 January 2024, the UK Government is implementing a wide range of new employment law that will affect organizations with UK operations. Below is a handy table summarizing key changes and start dates.

Some critical issues for employers include: (i) stronger workplace protections against sexual harassment; (ii) increased employee flexible working rights; (iii) new holiday pay rules; (iv) new employee rights to request predictable working terms; (v) rights for agency workers to request jobs at client companies; and (vi) changes to TUPE. Continue Reading Eight Imminent Key Changes to UK Employment Law