Editor's message: The relationship that your organisation has with its trade unions can be key to maintaining an engaged and productive workforce. Achieving a positive dialogue with unions requires an understanding of the law that underpins industrial relations. This can extend from the process of collective consultation to time-off rights for trade union members and officers.
Following the enactment of the Trade Union Act 2016 on 4 May 2016, this understanding becomes even more important as the industrial relations landscape changes. The Act reflects the intention of the current Conservative administration to "reform trade unions and to protect essential public services against strikes". Keeping abreast of these changes will help your organisation manage its operations and adapt to the new regime.
Laura Merrylees, employment law editor
Updated to include official statistics from the ONS for February 2017 on days lost to labour disputes and the number of stoppages. The next ONS release date is 17 May 2017.
Trade unions are facing fines of up to £20,000 for breaking governance rules, under plans being consulted on by the Government.
The Government consults on new financial penalties that the Certification Officer may impose on a trade union that breaches its statutory obligations.
Updated to take into account the increase to the limit on the compensatory award, in force from 6 April 2017.
The new duty on public-sector employers to publish information on trade union facility time took effect on 1 April 2017.
Updated to reflect the increase to the national minimum wage rates, effective from 1 April 2017.
Updated to reflect the requirement to publish facility time in the public sector, effective from 1 April 2017.
Updated to reflect that the requirement to publish facility time is in force from 1 April 2017.
Updated to take into account the new duty on public-sector employers to publish trade union facility time, effective from 1 April 2017.
Updated to take into account the new duty on public-sector employers to publish information on trade union facility time, effective from 1 April 2017.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to trade unions.