TUPE for Employee Reps

Transfer of Undertakings & Protection of Employment

A one-day training course for Employee Reps on TUPE regulations, the skills and approaches they need to apply if they are to support staff effectively through the changes.

In the event that a business or service provision moves to a new company or organisation or a merger takes place then the TUPE regulations apply. TUPE has implications for both the outgoing employer (transferor) and the incoming employer (transferee).

In both situations employees will have concerns, issues and fears that need to be understood and allayed. The employee representative’s role is pivotal and demanding. Our one day workshop is designed to help employee representatives understand the regulations and how best to meet the challenges the change poses.

Content focus is adjusted to meet the needs of the prevailing situation, employee representatives in incoming employers will face a different situation and challenges to those in outgoing employers

For Whom
This workshop is suitable for all Employee Representatives, including Union and Non-Union from all companies and organisations. It is especially suited to Representatives who have been elected to support staff through business and/or contract transfer situations in either incoming or outgoing employer contexts

Aims and Objectives
To provide Representatives with a better understanding of the rules and regulations surrounding TUPE transfers, the concerns their colleagues may face, together with hints, tips and guidance on good practice when carrying out these duties.

Content

  1. The TUPE regulations, process and good practice
  • Situations in which the TUPE regulations apply
  • What the TUPE regulations cover
    • employee terms, conditions, rights and responsibilities
      • contract variations and re-engagement
    • outstanding and ongoing employer responsibilities/liabilities
    • Information and consultation
  1. The role and duties of those representing representatives
    Note only the prevailing situation is covered within this section of the training

2a Incoming Employers

  • Dovetailing with the with the union reps role where appropriate
    • protocols/overlap/divergence
  • The organisational context/rationale/benefits
  • Employee engagement
    • Pre Transfers – all staff
      • Briefing staff
      • Collecting and managing views, feedback and concerns
      • Allaying fears and assuring staff
    • Post Transfer – existing staff
      • Updating staff
      • Collecting and managing views, feedback and concerns
      • Allaying fears and assuring staff
    • Post Transfer – new staff
      • Introductions, welcome and maintaining relations
      • Providing effective support
      • Briefing staff on the role of the employee rep
      • Responding to concerns and worries
        • Potential TUPE breaches
        • Employee Integration

2b Outgoing Employers

  • Dovetailing with the with the union reps role where appropriate
    • protocols/overlap/divergence
  • The organisational context/rationale/benefits
  • Employee engagement
    • Pre Transfers – all staff
      • Briefing staff
      • Collecting and managing views, feedback and concerns
      • Allaying fears and assuring staff
      • Outgoing staff – signing posting post transfer support routes
    • Post Transfer – remaining staff
      • Updating staff
      • Collecting and managing views, feedback and concerns
      • Allaying fears and assuring staff

Developing Personal Effectiveness
Building on the above foundation of technical competencies, participants are next taken through a personal audit determining what soft skills are needed, collectively and individually. There is a focus on five key soft skill areas including:-

A Self-Awareness

  • Managing personal assumptions and own prejudices
  • Objective v Subjective judgements
  • Johari’s Window

B Communication

  • active listening
  • observational skills
  • different questioning techniques: closed, open, supplementary, probing, hypothetical
  • body language: posture, gestures, tone, voice, use of words

C. Influencing

  • Assertive – Aggressive – Passive – Passive/Aggressive Behaviour
  • Six techniques to deal with difficult situations

D. Managing Meetings

  • Hints and tips on how to get the best from meetings

E. Reporting Back and Public Speaking

  • This section combines the foregoing skills and other fresh topics around the theme of public speaking