Transfer of undertakings (TUPE) laws safeguard employees’ rights when there is a transfer of a business or service from one organisation (the transferor) to another organisation (the transferee).

On a TUPE transfer, the contracts of employment of transferring staff transfer to the new employer, which also inherits the transferor’s duties and liabilities under those contracts.

After the transfer, the new employer is restricted in its ability to makes changes to the transferring employees’ contracts of employment.

Case of the month: TUPE

3 Sep 2005

Judith Harris of Addleshaw Goddard brings you a comprehensive update on the latest decisions that could affect your organisation, and provide advice on what to do about them

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Bank’s outsourcing deals will lead to loss of 1,500 posts

2 Sep 2005

Dutch bank ABN Amro is cutting its full-time headcount from 5,000 staff to 1,800 and taking on 2,000 staff from outside after signing several deals with IT services companies

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Massive response to consultation delays new TUPE until April 2006

26 Jul 2005

In March, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) published a consultation document and draft Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2005 (TUPE) to replace the ageing 1981 regulations. But the implementation has now been delayed

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Retail union calls for clarification over staff status at Littlewoods

15 Jul 2005

Retail union Usdaw has called for clarification over who employs staff at Littlewoods stores following Primark's acquisition of 120 outlets.

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Union seeks talks with Primark over Littlewoods acquisition

11 Jul 2005

Usdaw is seeking urgent talks with Primark after it announced it is to buy 120 Littlewoods stores across the UK.

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Council reassures IT staff on jobs before signing deal with IBM

8 Jul 2005

Bradford Council signed an IT outsourcing agreement with IBM after assuring staff their jobs were not at risk.

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Betting staff seek TUPE protection

28 Jun 2005

A row has broken out between unions and management at William Hill over the bookmaker’s £505m takeover of rival chain...

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Government puts off new Tupe rules to April 2006

27 Jun 2005

The government has delayed the implementation of new Tupe regulations until 6 April 2006.

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Union odds on to press for compensation over betting shop takeover

20 Jun 2005

Union officials are threatening to press for compensation of up to £4m from William Hill, if they can prove that the bookmaker's acquistion of rival chain Stanley Racing was a full buy-out rather than a share deal

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Celtec Limited and Astley

14 Jun 2005

In 1989, the government set up a number of Training & Enterprise Councils (TECs), staffed by civil servants on three-year secondments. At the end of the secondments, the civil servants were free to return to the Civil Service, or take up employment with the TEC.

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Legislation: The state of the union

3 Jun 2005

Christopher Mordue explains some of the changes to employment law facing organisations in April

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Professional services staff face axe if TUPE reach extended

27 May 2005

Extending the rules regulating staff transfers to professional services firms could lead to job losses and claims for unfair dismissal.

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TUPE: Detail inspection

3 May 2005

The government wants feedback on its draft amendments to the TUPE regulations yet the new rules lack a lot of detail and leave many uncertainties. Charles Newman outlines what is there and what is missing

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Lloyds TSB praised for handling of staff transfer

29 Apr 2005

Outsourced staff moving from the high street bank to Fujitsu Services have been offered a good deal, their union says

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BBC Technology staff accept Siemens’ 3.5% pay offer

20 Apr 2005

BBC Technology members who were outsourced to Siemens last year have voted to accept a pay offer.

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