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Let Acas help you navigate the TUPE reforms

TUPE has changed - and Acas has released a new information leaflet to help you understand the changes.

TUPE reforms

On 31 January 2014, reforms were made to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE), aimed at reducing their impact on the 'flexibility, effectiveness or fairness of the labour market'.

The TUPE regulations are designed to protect employees' rights when the business they work for is transferred to a new employer. This could be because the business has been sold, merged, or because its activities have been outsourced, re-tendered or brought back in-house.

Acas guidance

The Acas leaflet 2014 changes to TUPE explains the nine amendments to the regulations.

Four of the changes deal with the way terms and conditions in an employee's contract of employment can be changed following a TUPE transfer.

Other areas affected are service provision changes, dismissal and redundancies, the supply of employee liability information, and consultation requirements for businesses with fewer than 10 employees.

The Acas advice goes through each of the changes in turn, providing detailed information and examples of situations to which the reforms apply.

Acas publications and services

To follow the pdf  TUPE changes 2014 [161kb] leaflet, Acas will be producing a full guide on TUPE and how to manage the process effectively. See our Transfer of undertakings (TUPE) page for more information on TUPE.

You can also get free support and advice on TUPE and a range of employment relations issues through the Acas Helpline on 0300 123 1100.

Dedicated Acas training is available on TUPE, including the impact of the reforms, Redundancy and how to understand your options and obligations, and Contracts and terms and conditions.

Visit the Acas Training and Business Solutions area for more information.


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