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TUPE Advice

A “TUPE transfer” is one where the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations apply. Typically this is relevant to the purchase or sale of a business, but they can also apply on the transfer of part of a business, transfer of a lease, the award of a grant, retendering or outsourcing.

The Regulations exist to protect employees and impose restrictions on what employers can do. Each employer, whether transferring or receiving staff, must be aware of its obligations to inform and consult staff, what information must be given to other parties in the transaction as well as limitations on dismissing staff or varying their terms and conditions. Getting this wrong can be costly - compensation of up to 13 weeks' pay per employee may be awarded where the transferor/transferee has not adequately discharged their obligations under the Regulations.

How can we help?

Our Employment team work closely with our business clients and corporate advisors to identify the application of the TUPE regulations and the duties which must be discharged. We support our clients in ensuring their compliance with the statutory requirements in an economic and commercially sensitive manner.

If you are entering into a contract where TUPE might apply on commencement or exit, our team can assist with drafting tips to avoid or limit potential liability.

Our services include:

  • Supporting clients in any election of employee representatives and the consultation of representatives in respect of the proposed transfer;
  • Preparing the necessary information letters to provide specified information to the buyer/seller and affected staff and assist where appropriate with the conduct of a consultation process;
  • Conducting “due diligence” to identify the risk of any claims transferring between buyer and seller;
  • Handling any employee objections to the transfer by advising on the terms of a letter of objection to transfer or a Settlement Agreement where appropriate;
  • Considering warranties and indemnities to allocate risk between the buyer and seller;
  • Advising on “post transfer harmonisation” between those terms and conditions which automatically transfer in their existing form and identifying where any alterations may be lawfully made; and
  • Supporting through any redundancy or reorganisation process which may be necessary, ensuring there is an adequate economic, technical or organisational reason entailing changes in the workforce and a fair procedure followed to avoid claims that a termination is “automatically unfair” where the employee is dismissed for a transfer-related reason.

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  • Aberdein Considine represents both claimants and respondents in contentious employment situations and advises a range of businesses on issues such as employee benefits and HR procedures. The practice is led by Sally-Anne Anderson, who alongside associate Catriona Ramsay, is noted as ‘smart, no-nonsense and well-adjusted to operate in changing market conditions’.