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TUPE: Who is in scope?

28 November 2014  

Recent decisions highlight the need to consider carefully who is ‘in scope’ for the purposes of a TUPE transfer, warns Charles Wynn-Evans

A central issue to determine on the transfer of an undertaking or a service provision change is which individuals fall within the transfer’s scope. This determines not only who moves over to the new employer but is also essential to ensuring compliance with two key requirements of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE). These are the obligation on the transferor to provide employee liability information (ELI) to the transferee (under reg 11) and the requirements on collective information and consultation (under reg 13).

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

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    Botzen v Rotterdaamsche Droogdok Maatschappij BV [1985] ECR 519

    Costain Ltd v Armitage (1) ERH Communications Ltd (2) [2014] UKEAT/0048/14

    Duncan Web Offset (Ltd) v Cooper [1995] IRLR 633

    Edinburgh Home-Link Partnership v City of Edinburgh Council [2012] UKEATS/0061/11

    Edwards v Ericsson Limited (1) BT Managed Services Limited (2) [2014] Case no 1806030/2013

    Fairhurst Ward Abbotts v Botes Building Ltd [2004] EWCA Civ 83

    Linard v CT Plus Ltd (1) London Borough of Waltham Forest (2) Determination by the Deputy Pensions Ombudsman, 14 May 2013

    Marcroft v Hartland (Midlands) Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 438

    McCririck v Channel 4 Television Corporation (1) and IMG Media Ltd (2) [2014] Case no 2200478/2013

    Robert Sage Ltd t/a Prestige Nursing Care Limited v O’Connell & ors [2014] UKEAT/0336/13