The European Court of Justice (the “ECJ”) has handed down its judgment in a key, long-running TUPE case – Alemo-Herron v Parkwood Leisure Ltd.

The decision is good news for employers who regularly inherit employees via ‘TUPE transfers’, especially where those employees were originally employed in the public sector or in sectors that are heavily unionised. Thanks to this ECJ ruling, the new employer will not be bound by the terms of any collective agreement which is negotiated after the transfer and to which it is not a party.Continue Reading Collective agreements negotiated after a TUPE transfer will not bind transferee employers

In the case of Parkwood Leisure Ltd v Alemo-Herron and others, the Court of Appeal has examined the effect of regulations 5 and 6 of Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 (TUPE 1981) in relation to collective agreements. The Court has held that in circumstances where a contractual right to a pay increase is dependent on collectively agreed terms, the transferee of an undertaking transferred will not be bound by terms collectively agreed by third parties after the transfer. In making this decision, the Court declined to follow established UK case law and preferred instead to follow a 2006 decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

Although the case involved an issue relating to the 1981 Regulations, the law as stated in it will apply to the current Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE 2006).Continue Reading Effect of TUPE on Collective Agreements