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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)

Making the case for reforms to increase statutory redundancy pay and the amount that workers can receive tax-free.
06 November 2015
The government today (Friday) published a list of 115 employers who have failed to pay 1,700 workers the National Minimum Wage. The TUC estimates that at least 250,000 workers were being denied their legal pay, and that only a quarter of offenders are being caught.
23 October 2015
The Midlands TUC took the Dying to Work campaign to Brussels in October and received the support of Labour MEP's.
22 October 2015
As temperatures begin to drop and the cough and cold season falls upon us, the TUC is today (Wednesday) reminding working parents about their rights to take time off work to look after their children when they are sick.
21 October 2015
Commenting on the launch of a campaign taskforce to promote good working conditions in the cleaning industry by the Equality and Human Rights Commission today (Tuesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
20 October 2015
Responding to the news today (Thursday) that Pizza Express will remove the administrative fee on staff tips made by card, the TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s good to hear that Pizza Express has finally come to its senses. The decision by the company to ditch its unfair tips...
03 September 2015
Commenting on a letter signed by scores of academics which describes the Trade Union Bill as the most sustained attack on workers’ rights since the early 19th century, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s clear that the government’s Trade Union Bill threatens the right to strike.
11 August 2015
Responding to the announcement today (Monday) by immigration minister James Brokenshire that employers who give jobs to illegal migrants will feel the “full force” of the government machine, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s important that the government cracks down on health and safety abuses and workplace exploitation; but...
10 August 2015
TUC Assistant General Secretary Paul Nowak said: "If payroll payment for union membership was outdated, it would not be popular with so many of the UK's biggest and most successful private companies. The public will see this for what it really is – yet another attack on union members from...
06 August 2015
Commenting on the strike on the London Underground by ASLEF, RMT, TSSA and Unite members starting tomorrow (Wednesday), TUC Assistant General Secretary Paul Nowak said: “The tube network is vital to the travelling public and the economy, but London Underground must not ride roughshod over the wellbeing of their employees.
04 August 2015