TUPE

If you’re buying or selling a business, then you’ll need to talk TUPE. Don’t worry, we’ll explain…

What’s TUPE?

TUPE stands for the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment). It’s the piece of Employment Law used when you buy or sell a business and it’s designed to protect the workforce from losing their jobs, or employment rights, in the transfer.

In simple terms it means the new business owner inherits the workforce with the business and they have to be employed on the same terms as before. It’s a complicated process for everyone — and if it involves a merger, the new combined business can end up with employees on different pay scales and benefits.

Although TUPE is designed to protect employees, it’s still a very stressful time for them. Their jobs are being transferred to a new business, with a new culture, and it often coincides with redundancies. The right communication is key and if you get it wrong you could end up in a tribunal.

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The reality is things rarely go smoothly. Discussions are often difficult and time consuming — but with our highly qualified and experienced experts you can negotiate with confidence. We’re straight-talking and we’re on your side. You can trust us to deliver.

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