In the list below are comprehensive guides and advice on the statutory employment rights that relate to worklife 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 worklife initiatives and contractual agreements that extend the minimum statutory rights.

TUC Information

Directgov - UK Government

Working life and family-friendly policies

Working hours, holidays, breaks and leave

Flexible working for parents

Time off for families [pdf]

Time's up for long hours

Your rights as a homeworker

Part-time workers Right to request flexible working

TUC protect yourself at work guide

TUC Guide to Equality Law 2011
Time's up for long hours

Your rights as a homeworker

Part-time workers

Right to request flexible working

TUC protect yourself at work guide

TUC Guide to Equality Law 2011 [pdf]

Department for Business and Regulatory Reform

Personalised help on employment rights

Work and families guidance

Work and Families Act 2006
Guide on the statutory right to request flexible working

Interactive guide to discover flexible working patterns

Guide to establish your maternity, paternity and adoption rights



Comprehensive guides to working time and time off
Acas working hours advice pages

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Labour Research Department (priced publications)

Flexible working: your rights [PDF]

Family friendly working 

Working hours, flexible working and time off 

Part-time workers regulations 

Parental, paternity and adoption leave

Gender equality duty
Law at Work 2011 Social media, monitoring and surveillance at work - a practical guide for trade unionists

Working time regulations - a guide for union reps

Leave and pay for working parents - a guide for union reps



Parental rights
Work life balance - guide for negotiators



Worklife balance Things you need to know
Workers rights - a guide for part-time and full-time workers

Maternity rights


Working families

Get a life! - Union tools to ensure your job doesn't take over your life
Several factsheets on work-life balance related employment rights

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