Meter U Ltd v Ackroyd and others; Meter U Ltd v Hardy and others  IRLR 367 EAT
Reports relating to this case:
TUPE: Dismissal of staff who refused to become franchisees following transfer could be for ETO reason
- 14 August 2012
In Meter U Ltd v Ackroyd and others; Meter U Ltd v Hardy and others  IRLR 367 EAT, the EAT held that the dismissal of staff who refused to become franchisees following a transfer was capable of being for an ETO reason. Genuine franchisees were not employees, so the requirement for "changes in the workforce" was met provided that the new arrangement was not a sham.
- 8 March 2012
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that the dismissal of employees transferred to a company that engaged individuals only under a franchise agreement could amount to an economic, technical or organisational reason (ETO) for dismissal entailing changes to the workforce.