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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)

Pics from across the Mids for Decent Jobs Week
20 December 2014
In response to the publication today (Thursday) of the government’s Apprenticeship Pay Survey 2014, the TUC is calling on ministers to take tougher action on employers who break minimum wage rules. The survey published by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) finds that around one in seven (14...
18 December 2014
Commenting on the announcement today (Thursday) that the government is to legislate to limit claims on back pay, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said: “Failing to count overtime when calculating holiday pay is quite simply wrong. The November ruling was a victory for hard working people who deserve to be...
18 December 2014
The share of jobs in the North East accounted for by full-time employees fell during the recession and has failed to recover across the region. TUC analysis shows that in the North East the labour market share of full-time employee jobs was 66.3 per cent in 2007 but fell to...
16 December 2014
Zero-hours workers earn nearly £300 a week less, on average, than permanent employees, according to a new report published today (Monday) to mark the beginning of the TUC’s Decent Jobs Week.
15 December 2014
The TUC believes that endemic poor treatment at work should not be tolerated. There is an urgent need to challenge precarious employment and to introduce a framework of policies designed to encourage the creation of decent jobs, offering decent hours and pay. To this end we call on politicians to...
15 December 2014
The UK labour market is changing. While the last few years have brought higher than expected levels of employment, this has been fuelled by a growth in temporary and insecure work. In sectors like social care, retail, catering, cleaning and hospitality hundreds of thousands of women are employed on contracts...
13 December 2014
Figuring out how to share maternity leave and pay has been made easier with the publication today (Thursday) of two new booklets from the TUC. The booklets – Leave and Pay for Mothers and Leave and Pay for Fathers and Partners – are part of the Know Your Rights series...
12 December 2014
The increased use of zero-hours contracts and agency workers by employers is preventing young people from obtaining permanent jobs, according to new analysis published today (Tuesday) by the TUC. The TUC analysis of official figures shows that 81 per cent of temporary agency workers aged 20–24, and 64 per cent...
09 December 2014
Download Paternity leave and pay (PDF) If you are an expectant father or the partner of someone due to give birth or adopt a child, you could be entitled to time off to attend ante-natal appointments plus up to two weeks’ paid paternity leave. You may also be able to...
01 December 2014