Author: John McConkey

John McConkey has over 8 years of experience in employment law. John also has extensive experience of employment disputes and has acted for many individuals and employers. John is a registered member of The Law Society and The Employment Lawyers Association (ELA UK). To contact John, visit the Contact Us page. For media enquiries: Read John's Full Bio.

Enhanced redundancy protection for families

The Maternity Leave, Adoption Leave and Shared Parental Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2024 came into force on 6 April 2024, extending the redundancy protection available to new parents. Previously, in situations where employees were on maternity leave, shared parental leave or adoption leave, employers were obliged to offer them any suitable alternative vacancies that existed, in […]

UK Government publishes draft legislation on holiday entitlement and pay

The UK Government has published draft legislation to implement important changes to holiday entitlement and pay under the Working Time Regulations. The draft Employment Rights (Amendment, Revocation and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2023 follow the Government’s response to two consultations covering a raft of holiday pay issues generated by EU law and domestic case law. The […]

Workers are not protected against detriments imposed by employers in response to industrial action

Reversing a significant decision by the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT), the Court of Appeal in Mercer v Alternative Future Group has confirmed that workers are not protected against detriments imposed by employers in response to industrial action. An example of this might be taking disciplinary action against employees for leaving a shift to take part […]

COVID-19 rapid workplace testing

Alongside the rollout of the vaccination programme and the continued focus on ‘Hands, Face, Space’, regular testing is a vital tool to stop the transmission of COVID-19 as sections of society are reopened. Around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus don’t have symptoms, which means they could be spreading the virus in workplaces without knowing […]

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