On 8 June 2012, Deputy Geoff Southern lodged a proposition with the States of Jersey recommending new legislation in relation to business transfers. In the proposition, entitled "Transfer of Undertakings and Protection of Employment (TUPE) Legislation" (the "Proposition"), Deputy Southern said that legislation protecting employees in circumstances where the business conducted by their employer is sold, leading to a change of employer, was overdue.
Commenting in the States on 5 April 2011, the then Minister for Social Security, Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, said:
"…it is my opinion that TUPE is not right for Jersey. It is not right for small communities."
On 10 July 2012 the Proposition was put before the States and was rejected, by 36 votes to 10.