Deborah Moon, HR Consultant, looks at the way ahead for TUPE, summarises the main points, and considers the responses to the consultation, the Government’s response, and the changes now proposed.

Earlier this year, the Government published a consultation seeking views on proposed reforms to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE). The consultation set out a package of measures designed to reduce the complexity surrounding TUPE and the practical difficulties encountered by organisations, including those in the pubic sector, when managing business or service transfers. It was also intended to address what was considered to be unnecessary “gold-plating” of the requirements of the EU Acquired Rights Directive, from which the UK regulations stem, including the proposed repeal of the service provision changes (SPC), often cited as a prime example of such “gold-plating”.

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