ACAS have issued guidance on the 2014 TUPE changes which is intended to assist to get to grips with the legal changes that came into effect on 31st January 2014. To many employers, TUPE presents as many challenging arguments as it does to lawyers. Despite it being in existence for many years now there are still employers to whom TUPE has no meaning and of which they had no awareness actually applied to their business transactions until it was too late. Others are more savvy, but just need some guidance to navigate them through the complex legal maze that is TUPE.
Over the past decade there has been a rise in the number of restructures and outsourcing has grown in popularity in both the private and public sectors. Such is the demand that Anne Sharp, ACAS’ Chief Executive has said that ACAS handled approximately 30,000 calls on the subject and their web guidance was viewed over 220,000 times. Certainly this mirrors our own experience in that we are seeing more enquiries around TUPE from both the employer and employee’s perspective.
10th March 2014