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This guidance seeks to clarify the law on access to

In the list below are comprehensive guides and advice on the statutory employment rights that relate to work life balance. However, these rights set limits on the very least an employer can provide without breaking the law.

Employees may also have contractual rights better than state minimums which provide better cover. These additional rights are gained, in the main, through agreements unions have negotiated with employers.

Unions and employers must work jointly to develop effective, sustainable work life initiatives and contractual agreements that extend the minimum statutory rights.


GOV.UK – information from the UK Government


Equality and Human Rights Commission






Labour Research Department (priced publications)

If you're planning activity in your town or workplace for Decent Jobs Week (15-21 December 2014), we've got some downloadable leaflets that might be useful.
19 November 2014
The Midlands TUC Young Workers Forum held their first public event with a debate at Chesterfield College held during both Living Wage Week and in support of Young Workers Month. The workers were joined by the local NUS reps at the College, Lee Barron the Mids TUC Regional Secretary and...
14 November 2014
On November 11th 2014, the TUC’s Assistant General Secretary, Paul Nowak and Midlands TUC Regional Secretary, Lee Barron joined UCATT Acting Regional Secretary Shaun Lee, UCATT members and Organisers along with company representatives to visit the Nottingham Tram Project.
14 November 2014
Can you help support an important campaign for decent wages in the increasingly low paid and casualised entertainment sector? Staff at the Ritzy Picturehouse cinema in Brixton, London, have been fighting a long and difficult campaign to be paid a living wage. They've faced strong opposition from management and the...
10 November 2014
Commenting on the ruling today (Tuesday) that overtime should be taken into account when holiday pay is calculated, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said: “Failing to count overtime when calculating holiday pay is quite simply wrong. This ruling marks a victory for people who work long and hard to make...
04 November 2014
A report published today (Tuesday) by the European Commission’s High Level Group on Administrative Burdens – chaired by Dr Edmund Stoiber – poses a danger to both workers and consumers alike, says the TUC. The report suggests scrapping regulations and exempting small and medium businesses from EU rules on employment...
14 October 2014
Responding to announcements made today (Monday) at the Liberal Democrat Conference by Vince Cable on increasing the minimum wage for apprenticeships and addressing employment contract abuse, the TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This is the right thing to do for both young workers and the economy and will help...
06 October 2014
Speaking last week at TUC Congress the Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna, addressed delegates in Liverpool. Headline writers will – quite rightly – focus on Chuka’s commitment, if elected, to “end blacklisting, once and for all”, in our construction industry. But among his remarks, the Shadow Business Secretary said something...
23 September 2014
The controversial use of Zero Hours contracts made the headlines again last week as Sports Direct faced questions on its use of zero hours contracts for part time staff at its AGM last week. ShareAction used its rights as a shareholder to ask a question about the firm's continued reliance...
15 September 2014
New employment tribunal statistics published today (Thursday) show that the new system of charging upfront fees is resulting in a major reduction in claims, says the TUC. The statistics are the third quarterly set of figures since the new fees system was introduced and show that women, low-paid workers, disabled...
11 September 2014