When does TUPE apply?

Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations, commonly referred to as TUPE regulations, are the rules that provide employees with protections when their employment is transferred to a new employer. While complex, they form an important part of an employee’s… Read on

TUPE: service provision change of all activities not needed

Bolton NHS wanted to outsource its drugs and alcohol service. To do this they split it into two functions; case management and delivery of interventions. Different companies were given the contracts to provide the separate services. Did TUPE apply? Background… Read on

TUPE: temporary lay-off

Could employees who had been laid off before a service provision change took place still claim the protection of TUPE? Yes they can, in certain circumstances, says the EAT in a recent decision. Background In this case a painting and… Read on

TUPE: does it apply to permanently incapacitated employees?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that employees who are permanently incapacitated should be distinguished from employees who may return to work and that TUPE does not apply to those permanently incapacitated. Background The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)… Read on

Single employee an organised grouping for TUPE

A rare Court of Appeal decision on service provision changes in TUPE. Background Ms Rhijnsburger, the claimant in this case, was employed by Drivers Jonas Deloitte, and had been deliberately allocated to look after the management of a portfolio of… Read on

£65,500 penalty under TUPE

A tribunal has ordered a vet service to pay penalty compensation of £500 for each of its 131 employees on losing its contract with the Food Standards Agency. In the case of Eville & Jones v. Grants Veterinary Services,… Read on

Clarity on TUPE service provision rules where client changes

Can TUPE apply when there is a change of client before and after the transfer? The recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (‘EAT’) decision in Horizon Security Services Limited v Ndeze has endorsed the principle that there is no service provision change… Read on

Seller liable for buyer’s failure under TUPE transfer

The Employment Appeal Tribunal in Allen and others v Morrisons Facilities Ltd June 2014, has confirmed that employees affected by the proposed transfer of business have no right to sue the proposed buyer direct for the buyer’s failure to provide… Read on

TUPE – 6 new rules now in effect (1 still to come)

The new transfer of undertakings legislation is upon us. Any business taking over another business or service contract (business transfer) should know about these changes: Dismissals following business transfer are less likely to be automatically unfair. The new rules have… Read on

Changes to immigration rules

From 6 April 2014, the following key changes will come into force: Tier 2 intra-company and general applications will be eligible to be granted leave for up to 5 years at a time, as opposed to the current 3, on… Read on

Labour seeks annulment of new TUPE regulations

Why does Labour want the new TUPE Regulations annulled, and what will this mean? We were about to blog in more detail about the new TUPE Regulations, which will make life a lot easier for employers. However, we have had… Read on

TUPE: another reason to avoid harmonisation of terms

Could two employees whose benefits were reduced after a business transfer force the employer to give them their old terms back? Yes, says the Court of Appeal in Hazel v. The Manchester College. Background The College cut the wages of… Read on