Government proposes abolition of TUPE service provision change rules

by Laurie Anstis on January 17, 2013

In what’s turning out to be a busy day for employment law reform, the government have also announced a consultation on changes to TUPE.

Most striking is the suggestion that the extension of TUPE to so-called “service provision changes” will be abolished, but there is much more to it than that, including changes to the provisions on employee liability information, changes to dismissal rules and ETO reasons, provisions for micro-businesses to consult directly with employees rather than through representatives, and provisions allowing TUPE consultation also to satisfy the requirement for consultation on collective redundancies.

The consultation contemplates that the amendments relating to service provision changes may not be implemented for some time, allowing contracts that have been negotiated on the basis of the service provision change rules to run their course.

The consultation closes on 11 April 2013.