TUPE Regulations (transfer of staff with employment rights)

If you are looking to buy or sell a business, or provide services to another organisation, you will almost certainly have to deal with the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations – TUPE for short.

These regulations were brought in to ensure that staff were protected when a business was sold or transferred. Previously, under English law if a business changed hands, employees could often be dismissed without notice and frequently without any redundancy pay or other compensation.

While most people would agree that something had to be done to change that, the practical difficulties of deciding who should be entitled to protection – bearing in mind that every business is different – have resulted in a set of regulations which are extremely complex and where failure to comply can be very costly.

Our experienced team of employment solicitors can help you find a safe path through this minefield.

If you are looking to buy or sell a business or are taking on (or losing) a contract to supply services to another organisation – make sure you contact us first!

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