Section 38: Transfer of property: supplemental
144.Section 38 is linked to the direction-making power in section 37. It stipulates that any direction by the Secretary of State under section 37 must be made in writing, and only following consultation with the relevant former Commission and, if appropriate, the CEHR.
145.The direction can only be varied or revoked by a further direction.
146.Subsection (2) ensures that any action taken or in the process of being taken by a former Commission immediately prior to the transfer shall have the same effect after the transfer as if done by the CEHR (including any legal action).
147.Any references to the former Commissions in agreements or other documents shall be taken as a reference to the CEHR after transfer.
148.Subsection (4) allows for property, rights and liabilities to be automatically transferred irrespective of any requirement for consent or agreement that would ordinarily apply.
149.Subsection (5) provides for the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 (TUPE) to apply to the transfer of staff from the former Commissions to the CEHR. The regulations safeguard the terms and conditions of staff. Subsection (5) provides that any scheme or order made under section 37 must provide that continuity of employment is preserved for any purpose relating to an employee of a former Commission. This will protect existing pension arrangements.