A transfer of undertakings (TUPE) occurs when either a business transfer or a service provision change takes place. When a business moves to a new owner in one of these 'relevant transfers', the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) currently protect the entitlement of UK employees to the same terms and conditions, with continuity of employment, as they had before the transfer.

This factsheet provides introductory guidance on the law governing the transfer of an undertaking. It provides a checklist to help determine whether TUPE applies in a particular situation. It also gives brief guidance on managing a TUPE situation, particularly when it comes to dismissals, consultation and required information.

A guide to
TUPE transfers

Outlines the main legal requirements surrounding TUPE transfers, as well as the essential steps involved in managing such transfers

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This factsheet was last updated by Rachel Suff: Senior Employee Relations Adviser, CIPD

Rachel informs CIPD policy thinking on health and wellbeing as well as employment relations. She has over 25 years’ experience in the employment and HR arena.

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