As previously reported, the major provisions of the Trade Union Act 2016 will come into force on 1 March 2017.

The Act’s key provisions in force from 1 March are:

• 50 percent turnout requirement for all strike ballots;

• requirement that 40 percent of those entitled to vote support industrial action ballots for important public services, such as medical, firefighting, education, transportation and border control;

• new rules on information that must be included on the ballot paper; and

• restriction on deduction of union subscriptions from wages in public sector.

What Should Employers Do Next?

As with any new legislation it may take unions and employers some time to understand the new provisions. Employers would be wise to scrutinise ballots which are called after 1 March 2017 to ensure that all of the requirements have been fulfilled.