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 July 2017 on days lost to labour disputes and the number of stoppages. The next ONS release date is 18 October 2017.
Updated to include information on the Trade Union (Wales) Act 2017, which prohibits provisions relating to the check-off process and the publication of facility time applying to devolved Welsh authorities.
Updated to include information on the Trade Union (Wales) Act 2017, which excludes services provided by a devolved Welsh authority from balloting provisions requiring a 40% support threshold.
The Government consults on the levy to be imposed on trade unions and employers' associations to recover the cost involved of the Certification Officer's statutory duties in regulating them.
The Court of Appeal has held that the legislative provision that excludes park police constables from enjoying collective consultation rights is in breach of their, and their union's, art.11 rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.
New picketing laws came into force in March designed to prevent trade unions adopting intimidating tactics during industrial action. Nick Chronias, partner at DAC Beachcroft, looks at the likely impact of the changes and whether they could lead to new union tactics in disputes.
The Supreme Court has held that the pay of teachers must be deducted at a daily rate of 1/365th of their annual salary, rather than 1/260th, for a one-day strike.
Updated to include information on Lidl Ltd v Central Arbitration Committee and another, in which the Court of Appeal considered the appropriate bargaining unit for statutory recognition.
The Labour Party's official manifesto has been released and includes some of the most radical changes to employment legislation for decades. We summarise the main points for employers.
The Government launches a call for evidence on electronic balloting as part of its independent review into alternative methods of balloting for industrial action.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to trade unions.