Editor's message: The Trade Union Act 2016 was enacted on 4 May 2016. We provide information about the Act, which is not yet in force, in our Employment law manual: Employment law manual > Trade unions and industrial action > Handling industrial action > Future developments. We will update this information with the implementation dates for the Act's provisions as soon as they are announced by the Government.
To assist with recognition or derecognition of a trade union, we have model procedures: see Policies and documents > Employee relations > Trade unions. The consequences of union recognition for employers is explained in our Employment law manual > Trade unions and industrial action > The consequences of trade union recognition.
We also provide a model facilities and time off for trade union duties and activities agreement to help you set out guidelines for providing trade union facilities and how your organisation will deal with applications for time off for trade union duties and activities.
Our content includes practical guidance to avoid a dispute leading into industrial action: see How to avoid a dispute escalating into industrial action. In addition, we have a podcast on negotiating terms and conditions with a trade union, as well as guidance in How to negotiate terms and conditions with a trade union.
Felicity Alexander, employment law editor
New Regulations confirm that the Trade Union Act 2016 rules on strike votes, picketing and union dues will take effect on 1 March 2017
The main provisions of the Trade Union Act 2016 come into effect on 1 March 2017.
Our upcoming podcast will provide an overview of the key employment law changes on the horizon, including those coming into force in April.
Updated to include official statistics from the ONS for December 2016 on days lost to labour disputes and the number of stoppages. The next ONS release date is 15 March 2017.
Updated to reflect that changes under the Trade Union Act 2016, including provisions relating to balloting and strike action, will come into force on 1 March 2017.
Updated to reflect that the measures relating to the supervision of picketing under the Trade Union Act 2016, will come into force on 1 March 2017.
Chris Cook is a partner and Keely Rushmore is a senior associate at SA Law. They round up the latest rulings.
Consultant editor Darren Newman considers the additional restrictions on industrial action for "important public services" under the Trade Union Act 2016. He also explains why any further limitations on industrial action might not be wise with Brexit on the horizon.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to trade unions.