National Policy Developments
The Enterprise Bill has received Royal Assent and become the Enterprise Act. It introduces a number of measures that will affect the public sector including targets for the number of apprentices employed, placing a limit on the value of exit payments for public sector employees and creation of an information gateway to facilitate improved sharing of business rates information between public bodies.
Trade Union Act becomes law (BIS)
People will be protected from undemocratic industrial action as thereceived Royal Assent and becomes the Trade Union Act. The government announced a series of modernising reforms last year to ensure strikes can only go ahead as a result of a clear and positive democratic mandate from union members. The Trade Union Act will ensure industrial action only ever goes ahead when there has been a ballot turnout of at least 50 per cent.