Employment Rights

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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.

TUC

GOV.UK – information from the UK Government

ACAS

Equality and Human Rights Commission

CWU

PCS

UNISON

Usdaw

Hazards

Labour Research Department (priced publications)


The Prime Minister has said repeatedly that she wants to protect and enhance workers’ rights after Brexit. But today her manifesto reveals that Parliament will be able to water down hard-won workers’ rights that came from EU law.
18 May 2017
A new study published today (Friday) by the TUC warns that working people in both the UK and the EU are at risk from the erosion of workplace rights after Brexit – especially those in low-skilled jobs.
05 May 2017
A new study published today (Wednesday) by the TUC reveals that the UK has seen significant growth in insecure forms of employment compared to other EU countries. And it links the growth to relatively weak legal protections for those in bogus self-employment, agency work and on zero-hour contracts.
03 May 2017
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

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