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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)

EU proposals published today (Wednesday) to strengthen employment rights are a reminder that a bad Brexit deal will mean a worse deal at work for Brits compared to EU workers, says the TUC. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “These are welcome proposals to improve the lives of working people...
26 April 2017
290,000 more people could be trapped in insecure work by 2022 if current trends continue, the TUC has warned. This is equivalent to thirteen extra Sports Directs, or the entire working population of Sheffield.
26 April 2017
Commenting on the announcement today (Friday) that the government will issue new guidance to improve compliance with laws that ban sexist dress codes at work, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This is a welcome step towards getting rid of sexist dress codes in the workplace. But the new guidance...
21 April 2017
Responding to the announcement today (Monday) by the Labour Party of a proposal to increase the minimum wage to £10 an hour, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The minimum wage needs a serious boost in the coming years, and the TUC believes it should reach £10 an hour as...
10 April 2017
Commenting on the European Parliament’s vote today pushing for a post-Brexit deal between the EU and the UK that protects current and future workplace rights, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Prime Minister should welcome the European Parliament’s commitment to workers’ rights in the UK. It gives her a...
05 April 2017
Commenting on the report published today (Wednesday) by the joint parliamentary committee on human rights, which proposes strengthening protection against abuses of workers’ human rights, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Slavery and abuse of working people’s rights should not be tolerated, whether it’s in Britain or abroad. We need...
05 April 2017
Commenting on the publication today (Thursday) of the white paper on the Great Repeal Bill, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The proposals fall short of the Prime Minister’s promise to fully protect and maintain all workers’ rights that came from the EU.
30 March 2017
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