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Transfer of Undertakings Regulation

Country of implementation
United Kingdom
General short description of the innovation
The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE 2006) are the UK?s implementation of the EU Business Transfers Directive (previously known as Acquired Rights Directive) and protects employees? terms and conditions of employment whose business is transferred to another business. The two ?relevant transfers? covered by the Regulations are business transfers and service provisions changes. In January 2014, the TUPE Regulations were amended by the Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Amendment) Regulations 2014 so that business transfers are easier for all concerned. / / Employees have certain employment rights before and after their employer changes as a result of a transfer of an undertaking. Generally, these ensure that employees are not disadvantaged when they move employer. The TUPE Regulations set out the appropriate rights and obligations and provide guidance to employers, employees and their representatives. The Regulations only apply if the transfer qualifies as a TUPE transfer. This is determined by several criteria and asks, among other things, if there is a transfer of an economic entity that retains its identity. A service provision change occurs when a client who engages a contractor to do work on its behalf is either reassigning such a contract or bringing the work ?in-house?. The activities undertaken must also be essentially the same after the transfer as before it.
Target group
Total Population
Policy Field
  • employment
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
Since April 2006
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
Protect employers before and after the transfer to another employer, notably against dismissal and unlawful changes of their terms and conditions of work.
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • regulations of the labour market
Intended target group
Employees
Working age population
  • main source of income: paid work
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • central state
Intended output
  • regulation of the labour market
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