The Work Couch

An introduction to TUPE (Part 1): Why does it matter?

Published on 05 April 2023

Welcome to The Work Couch, the podcast series where we explore how your business can navigate today's tricky people challenges and respond to key developments in the ever-evolving world of employment law.

In our third episode and part one of our mini-series on TUPE (transfer of undertakings and protection of employment), we explore why TUPE matters to businesses and their people; the circumstances in which a TUPE transfer can arise; and how the law protects employees who are affected by a business transfer.

Ellie Gelder talks to RPC's resident TUPE experts Patrick Brodie and Kelly Thomson about:

  • What TUPE means and its fundamental purpose;
  • The types of business transfer that will come within the scope of the law on TUPE and how to identify a "relevant" transfer;
  • How TUPE applies to service provision changes, including outsourcing and insourcing;
  • Potential liabilities where TUPE obligations are breached and areas for dispute;
  • The practicalities of engaging with the workforce and the importance of timing; and
  • The extent to which Brexit may impact on EU-derived TUPE legislation.

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All information is correct at the time of recording.  The Work Couch is not a substitute for legal advice.