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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)

Download Working time, breaks and holidays booklet (PDF) The law relating to your working time is complicated. Some bad employers take advantage of this to deny staff their rights. Others may not understand what the law requires. Step by step, this leaflet explains weekly hours limits and night working limits;...
13 March 2017
UK workers gave their employers £33.6 billion of free labour last year by doing unpaid overtime, according to new analysis of official statistics published today (Friday) by the TUC.
24 February 2017
After the success of the first edition in early 2012, the TUC has revised this popular manual to include recent legal changes in employment law and employee rights. It will be of use not only to stewards but also to anyone who represents, advises or supports members, including learning, equality,...
05 December 2016
Sheffield City Council became the first employer in Yorkshire to sign up to the TUC's charter for helping terminally ill workers on 22 November.
24 November 2016
This reps guide provides useful information on supporting trans members in the workplace. It includes the legal framework, practical advice, case studies and good practice.
17 November 2016
Last week we once again condemned the steep fees which allow bad bosses to get away with discrimination and unfair treatment. New analysis published by the TUC last week shows that the number of working people in the North East challenging discrimination or unfair treatment at work has fallen sharply...
07 November 2016
Photos of GMB's demo outside ASOS, Barnsley, as part of their campaign against the exploitation and abuse of workers there.
14 October 2016
Commenting on today’s (Sunday) speeches by Theresa May and David Davis on the government’s approach to Brexit, which included a commitment to protect and improve workers’ rights, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Prime Minister must follow her words on improving workers‘ rights with action...
03 October 2016
100 days after the vote to leave the EU, the TUC is today (Friday) calling on Theresa May to assure working people she will protect their rights that are currently guaranteed by the EU, and will make sure British workers don't fall behind European workers in the future.
30 September 2016
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called for more 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...
11 August 2016