TUPE Update from Dr John McMullen July 2020

Posted in : TUPE Updates on 21 July 2020
Dr John McMullen
Spencer West LLP
Issues covered: TUPE; Enhanced Benefits; Void; EU Abuse of Law Principle


This month we report on a case where senior employees of a transferor deliberately enhanced the benefits and conditions with a view to passing them on to a transferee. How often has that happened to you, or a client transferee? Well, a recent UK EAT decision suggests the transferring employer/employee might not be able to get away with it.

The Ferguson case

Ferguson v Astrea Asset Management Ltd UKEAT/0139/19 is massively important. The EAT has held that when directors/employees improved their contractual benefits in view of a pending transfer, these variations were either void or fell foul of the EU abuse of law principle.

Reg 4(4) of TUPE, properly interpreted in a “broad

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This article is correct at 21/07/2020

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Dr John McMullen
Spencer West LLP

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