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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)

TUC President Mohammad Taj spoke today (19 March) at the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) summit on the future of Europe, ahead of the leaders' summit in Brussels next week. He addressed the British Government's resistance to freedom of movement, and set out the trade union case for migration based...
19 March 2014
The TUC has issued a briefing for Members of the European Parliament ahead of crucial votes, starting next week, on the EU Posted Workers Enforcement Directive. The TUC would prefer it if the vote in the European Parliament employment committee (and subsequently the vote in plenary) were to be postponed;...
14 March 2014
Responding to the 79 per cent fall in employment tribunal cases – from 45,710 between September and December 2012 to 9,801 cases for the same period last year – since the government introduced a fee for most workers to take cases, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “These figures show...
13 March 2014
Government proposals to clamp down on the abuse of zero-hours contracts will fail to stem the widespread exploitation of workers, the TUC says today (Thursday) in its response to the government’s consultation.
13 March 2014
Commenting on a leaked Conservative Party document giving MPs guidance on how to get round the minimum wage when using interns, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
13 February 2014
A decade on from the tragedy at Morecambe Bay which saw 23 Chinese workers lose their lives, vulnerable workers are still at risk of abuse, injury and even death at work, the TUC is warning today (Wednesday).
05 February 2014
Government changes to the Transfer of Undertakings and Protection of Employment (TUPE) will drive down pay and conditions for hundreds of thousands of workers and make privatisation cheaper and quicker, warns the TUC as the new legislation comes into effect today (Friday).
31 January 2014
Commenting on the news today (Thursday) that the government is to investigate claims that some employment agencies have been mis-selling insurance to thousands of low-paid workers, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
23 January 2014
Commenting on plans announced today (Wednesday) to increase the penalties for employers who flout the minimum wage from £5,000 to £20,000, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
15 January 2014
Nearly seven million grandparents provide regular childcare for their grandchildren aged under 16, with the most popular reason being to allow the child’s parents to work, according to a new poll released today (Tuesday) by the TUC.
17 December 2013