Ad group rallies industry on TUPE

The PR industry has been urged by ad body ISBA to 'wake up' to the potential impact of TUPE laws.

The Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment Regulations were updated earlier this year -  agencies that win contracts may have to take on staff from the incumbent.

ISBA is lobbying for a change in the legislation. Its director of PA Ian Twinn said: ‘We are talking to the DTI, the Trade and Industry Select Committee and ministers, asking for change to the way the legislation is interpreted. The PR industry needs to do the same.'

The CIPR told PRWeek it is planning a campaign. ­Assistant D-G Francis Ingham said: ‘In light of how TUPE is working out we will, starting early in the new year, be ­lobbying for creative ­services to be exempt from the ­regulations.'

PRCA director-general Patrick Barrow said he had no plans to lobby the Government but was working with ISBA to modify the latter's ‘voluntary protocol' for use by the PR industry.

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