TUPE Training for Employee Reps

This TUPE training course briefs Employee Reps on the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations and explores the skills and approaches they will need to apply to support staff through the forthcoming transfer of undertakings.

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. This course helps employee representatives understand the regulations and how best to meet the challenges the transfer poses.

For Whom
This TUPE training 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. Content can be tailored to the prevailing situation.

We also offer training on TUPE for HR Teams and Operational Managers.  More Details HERE


The TUPE regulations, process and good practice

  • Situations in which the TUPE regulations apply
  • Key definitions and terms
  • 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
  • Exemptions
  • The ACAS Code, Legal Rights and latest developments
  • The organisational context/rationale/benefits

The Role and Duties of Employee Representatives
This session explores the role and duty of employee reps in generic terms then delves deeper into the specifics of either a “transfer in” or a “transfer out” situation.

What is consultation?

  • Looking at the role of the Staff Representative during TUPE consultation
  • Receiving the information provided about the TUPE transfer and any proposed measures
  • Sharing that information with the employees and obtain their views
  • Attending consultation meetings
  • Representations to employers to ensure they know employees’ views and questions
  • Keeping the employees informed of progress and developments
  • How the process should be managed
  • The Representative’s role in formal meetings and feedback
  • Time off from other duties
  • Commercial confidentiality
  • Deadlines – internal and external
  • Company policy signposting
  • What skills are needed?
  • The Representative’s role after TUPE
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Building on the above this session also considers the specifics that apply in either a “transfer in” or a “transfer out” situation.

  • Dovetailing with the with the union reps role where appropriate
    Including – protocols/overlap/divergence
  • Employee engagement
  • Pre Transfers – all staff
    Briefing staff
    Collecting and managing views, feedback and concerns
    Allaying fears and assuring staff
    Signposting additional support routes
  • 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 for TUPE breaches
    Employee Integration

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:-

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

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

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

Managing Meetings
Hints and tips on how to get the best from meetings

Reporting Back and Public Speaking
This section combines the foregoing skills and other fresh topics around the theme of public speaking


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