HR Should Understand UK and Irish Business Transfer Rules

​The European Union’s (EU’s) Transfers of Undertakings Directive of 2003 was issued to protect the employment contracts of people working in businesses that are transferred between owners. Ireland adopted the directive as the Protection of Employees on Transfer of Undertakings Regulations 2003 (SI 131/2003) and the United Kingdom (U.K.) implemented the directive as the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/246), known as TUPE.

The TUPE regulations, which apply to both private and public organizations, now play a dominant role in both Ireland’s and the U.K.’s labor structures. Although the technical provisions may seem complex to U.S. employers, their purpose is straightforward: to protect employees when…

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Credit to Rosemarie Lally, J.D. for the original post.

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