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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)

This conference takes place on Friday, 27th February at Congress House. The conference, called by the TUC National Unemployed Workers Centres Consultative Committee, aims to bring together trade unionists and the TUC unemployed workers centres - to challenge the consensus narrative on Welfare and develop the agenda for a fight-back...
29 January 2015
TUC Aid is supporting the Federation of Somali Trade Unions (FESTU) in its efforts to improve pay and working conditions of informal sector workers in Somalia through a project launched in December 2014.
23 January 2015
New online guides to help combat the exploitation of migrant workers, so that everyone is treated fairly, are being launched today (Friday) by the TUC. The guide Working in the UK is available in 13 languages, including Polish, Bulgarian and Romanian.
23 January 2015
In this report, the TUC argues that the NMW enforcement regime must be subject to a process of continual improvement in order to keep up with those employers who actively look for new ways to try to evade their responsibility to pay the minimum wage.
08 January 2015
As many workplaces prepare to shut down for the Christmas break and thoughts turn to family and friends, mince pies and presents under the tree, the TUC is urging everyone to spare a thought for the tens of thousands of people who will be working this Christmas Day. NHS and...
22 December 2014
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