UK: TUPE reforms to come into force on 31 January 2014

On 17 December 2013, BIS published its seventh statement of new regulation, which confirms that the new TUPE regulations (so far only published in draft – see here) will come into force on 31 January 2014.  The final regulations are to be laid before Parliament in January 2014. Read more

Australia: Coalition Government begins to implement pre-election policies

Australia’s recently-elected Federal Coalition Government has begun implementing its pre-election policy relating to employment and workplace relations. Two bills recently released by the Coalition Government seek to increase regulation and accountability in the building and construction industry and within registered organisations. A third bill recently introduced to the Federal Parliament seeks to legislate the Coalition’s proposed … Read more

Australia: Billabong’s executive retention arrangements

Executives are sometimes offered retention arrangements if a change of control is on the cards. Sometimes this leads to criticism, as in Billabong’s case. Despite that, these arrangements can be essential for a company facing a takeover bid. When Billabong International released its annual report in August, it was criticised for entering into retention arrangements … Read more

UK: TUPE – scope of service provision change exclusion

The service provision change clauses in TUPE exclude from its scope changes of contractor where the client intends the activities to be carried out in connection with ‘a single specific event or task of short term duration’. The EAT in Swanbridge Hire v Butler has given its view that this exclusion should be read as … Read more