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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)

Brexit risks “turning the clock black decades” on women’s rights, according to a new report published by the TUC today (Tuesday). TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Women have made huge gains in the workplace as a result of EU membership, ranging from protection against pregnancy discrimination to fairer pay,...
24 May 2016
Commenting on a speech today at the Institute of Directors by pro-Brexit MP Priti Patel, in which she argued that leaving the EU would be an opportunity to cut EU social and employment protections, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Leave the EU and lose your rights at work –...
17 May 2016
New analysis published today (Tuesday) by the TUC shows that a million more employees are at high risk of being forced to work excessive hours if the UK votes to leave the EU. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Working people’s rights are on the line in this referendum –...
10 May 2016
Commenting on a report published today (Wednesday) by the House of Lords European Union Committee on the process of Brexit, the TUC says the report backs up other legal experts who say that working people could face years of uncertainty and chaos if Britain votes to leave the EU.
04 May 2016
Commenting on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s speech today (Thursday) on the UK’s membership of the EU, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Labour leader is absolutely right to warn that Brexit is a danger to workers’ jobs and rights. The broader labour movement is united behind the benefits of...
14 April 2016
New analysis published by the TUC today (Tuesday) reveals that 1 in 4 UK workers (7.4 million) got extra paid holiday through European laws. But the TUC warns that the hard-won right to holiday pay could be lost if Britain votes to leave the European Union, with many people at...
12 April 2016
As the new higher National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for workers aged 25 and above (announced in the July 2015 Budget) took effect on 1 st April, we at the TUC are greeting it with somewhat mixed feelings. We are of course pleased that many workers would get a pay...
04 April 2016
Workers in the North West did more than £2.7bn worth of unpaid overtime last year, according to new analysis published by the TUC today (Friday) to mark its annual Work Your Proper Hours Day . The TUC’s analysis of official figures shows that more than 470,000 workers in the region...
26 February 2016
The TUC has published a report today (Thursday) that sets out which workers’ rights in the UK are underpinned by EU rules – and would therefore be at risk if the UK votes to leave the EU. UK Employment Rights and the EU provides a comprehensive assessment of the employment...
25 February 2016
Assessment of the impact of membership of the European Union on employment rights in the UK
25 February 2016