The TUC publishes a series of free leaflets explaining your rights at work and dealing with other common workplace problems.
You download these online here, or them online at WorkSMART.
This page provides information on the right to unpaid parental leave, request flexible working and the right to emergency time off for dependants, which may help mothers balance paid work with bringing up their children.
This page focuses on how these rights work following the birth of a child. If you are adopting a child or using a surrogate to have a child you may want to refer to the Know Your Rights leaflets for these situations.
This page covers the basic (sometimes called statutory) rights that employers must provide to intended parents who are having a child through a surrogacy arrangement.
Whatever job you do, you can run into problems at work. Sometimes these can be sorted out quickly by informal discussions with your manager. However, if the problem is serious an informal chat is unlikely to help you resolve it and either side may wish to make a formal complaint.
Welcome to the TUC guide on your rights at work in the UK. Trade unions bring workers together to defend rights at work, make sure workplaces are safe and bargain for better pay and conditions for their members. Find out how to join a union.
You will also find documents which relate to rights at work all over this TUC site. Just find the subject you are interested in by selecting from the subject drop down menu, and then browse through the documents in this area. Of particular interest may be The Law at Work subject area.
Also check out some of these other useful sites:
Working Families runs a free helpline and can assist with queries on maternity and paternity rights; parental leave; flexible working; emergency leave; all rights and benefits for working parents and carers. The Freephone number is 0300 012 0312 or email our helpline team for advice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When a group of workers act and speak together, their employer has to listen. That’s how unions make things better at work.
So why not find out which union is the right one for you, get a group of mates together in your workplace, and join a union?
More than 6 million people are in a union – from nurses to checkout assistants to lorry drivers to airline pilots. Unions help workers get together, stop people being treated unfairly and get a better deal from their employers.
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