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
Updated to include official statistics from the ONS for November 2016 on days lost to labour disputes and the number of stoppages. The next ONS release date is 15 February 2017.
We look at the key legislative changes, cases, consultations, holidays and pay forecasts for 2017.
Fifty Conservative MPs have demanded tougher strike laws be introduced to stop the "widespread misery" suffered by Southern Rail commuters being repeated.
We discuss the key legislative developments affecting employers in 2017, including: gender pay gap reporting; the apprenticeship levy; public-sector exit payments and changes to statutory rates.
Updated to include information on the draft revised Code of practice on industrial action ballots and notice to employers, laid before Parliament on 5 December 2016.
Updated to include information on the draft Code of practice: Picketing, laid before Parliament on 5 December 2016.
Significant employment law changes are anticipated for 2017, amid the ongoing uncertainty resulting from the Brexit referendum.
The Government has published draft rules defining which public services are deemed "important" to require a 40% strike vote to take industrial action.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to trade unions.