Policy News Journal - 2016-17

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On 1 March 2017 regulations come into force which requires a 50% turnout in all industrial action ballots.

The Trade Union Act 2016 (Commencement No. 3 and Transitional) Regulations 2017 bring into force several changes which come into effect on 1 March 2017.

Geographical extent - The Trade Union Act applies to all four nations of the UK.

For industrial action in important public services (education, health, transport, border security and fire), an additional threshold of 40% of support to take action from all eligible members must be met for action to be legal.

Two weeks’ notice will also have to be given to employers of industrial action, twice the current 7 day requirement.

See this article from employment law experts Pinsent Masons which provides a very good summary of all the changes.

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Annual compensation awards – increase of limits 27 February 2017

The relevant statutory instrument has been laid before parliament which contains the increases in compensation payments.

The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2017 increases, from 6 April 2017, the limits applying to certain awards of employment tribunals, and other amounts payable under employment legislation, as specified in the Schedule to the Order (table below).

Relevant statutory provision

Subject of provision

Old Limit

New Limit


Amount of award for unlawful inducement relating to trade union membership or activities, or for unlawful inducement relating to collective bargaining. Minimum amount of basic award of compensation where dismissal is unfair by virtue of sections 152(1) or 153 of the 1992 Act.



Section 145E(3) of the 1992 Act




Section 156(1) of the 1992 Act( 1 )


Minimum amount of compensation where individual excluded or expelled from union in contravention of section 174 of the 1992 Act and not admitted or re-admitted by date of tribunal application.



Section 176(6A) of the 1992 Act( 2)


Limit on amount of guarantee payment payable to an employee in respect of any day.



Section 31(1) of the 1996 Act


Minimum amount of basic award of compensation where dismissal is unfair by virtue of sections 100(1)(a) and (b), 101A(d), 102(1) or 103 of the 1996 Act.



Section 120(1) of the 1996 Act( 3)


Limit on amount of compensatory award for unfair dismissal.




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