The 2006 Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) were introduced in the United Kingdom in 1981 to implement the EU Acquired Rights Directive.
They apply to transfers involving for-profit as well as not-for-profit ventures, in (and to and from) the private and public sectors and provide employees with some protection in the event of a transfer of the undertaking in which they work. These rights include:
- The automatic transfer of employment and employment obligations (except pensions) safeguards against dismissal and changes to terms and conditions
- Information and consultation rights.
Following a consultation in 2013, the government introduced changes to the 2006 regulations in January 2014 as well as to the collective redundancy consultation provisions in the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (TULRCA). It also published updated guidance to the amended regulations.