The Court of Appeal has held that, where the reason for a TUPE-related dismissal is to continue running a business and to avoid liquidation, this can constitute an economical, technical or organisational (ETO) reason entailing changes in the workforce, meaning that such a dismissal is not automatically unfair.
James Buckle, Gerri Hurst, Joelle Parkinson, Chris McAvoy and Helen Samuel are associate solicitors at Addleshaw Goddard LLP. They round up the latest rulings.
This employment tribunal decision shows that there is nothing to stop a transferee from disciplining a transferred employee who is alleged to have committed misconduct before the transfer.
Practical guidance on dealing with the benefits of employees who transfer to the organisation under TUPE, including the difference between contractual and discretionary benefits; flexible benefit schemes; and the risks if there is no "ETO reason" for varying terms and conditions.
In DLA Piper's case of the week, Ceva Freight (UK) Ltd v Seawell Ltd, the Court of Session provided guidance on what constitutes an "organised grouping of employees" on a service provision change for TUPE purposes.
Additional information on the transfer of undertakings for local authority employers, including the Cabinet Office statement of practice; and Best Value and pensions.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to TUPE.