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 take into account the publication of Regulations that define important public services, for the purpose of industrial action ballots.
The Government has published draft rules defining which public services are deemed "important" to require a 40% strike vote to take industrial action.
Updated to include official statistics from the ONS for September 2016 on days lost to labour disputes and the number of stoppages. The next ONS release date is 14 December 2016.
Sir Ken Knight, the former chief fire and rescue adviser, will lead an independent review of online voting for industrial action ballots, the Government has announced.
The Welsh Government consults on the ban on employing agency workers to cover for striking workers.
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The general secretary of the TUC Frances O'Grady warned "greedy businesses that treat workers like animals" that they have no place to hide in her speech at the TUC Congress in Brighton.
A group of senior medical professionals has condemned the latest series of strikes proposed by junior doctors.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to trade unions.