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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)

Commenting on proposals published today (Friday) regarding changes to industrial relations laws should the Conservatives win the next election, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
18 July 2014
The TUC has today (Friday) written to Business Secretary Vince Cable urging him to modernise the rules that govern strike ballots and bring union voting methods into the 21st century.
18 July 2014
Preventing employers from insisting that their zero-hours staff are only allowed to work for them will be good news for some employees, but the government needs to go much further if the widespread abuse of these kind of contracts is to be stamped out, says the TUC today (Wednesday).
25 June 2014
date: Thursday 12 June 2014 embargo: For immediate release Tribunal fees are stopping wronged workers from seeking justice, says TUC Employers who bully, harass or cheat their workers out of their wages are increasingly likely to escape punishment as people wronged at work are prevented from seeking justice by the...
12 June 2014
A case study of the winner of the 2013 Wales TUC Rep of the Year Award, David Badger. Download the full case study to find out more about David's story....
10 June 2014
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called for greater resources to be given to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Service (HMRC) to clamp down on employers who avoid paying staff the minimum wage, following the naming of shaming of employers who have been fined for not paying their staff the...
08 June 2014
Commenting on the news that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has secured £4.6m in minimum wage arrears for under-paid staff, including £27,500 from a premier league club, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
05 June 2014
Commenting on proposals in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill announced today (Wednesday) in the Queen’s Speech, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
04 June 2014
Government changes to the employment tribunal system have introduced fees for people who want to pursue a complaint against their employer. It now costs up to £390 just to have a case heard (up to £1,200 if someone feels they’ve been unfairly dismissed, sexually harassed or treated unfairly because of...
21 May 2014
Commenting on the latest estimate of the number of workers on zero-hours contracts, published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
30 April 2014