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This guidance seeks to clarify the law on access to

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)

TUC response to government consultation, January 2016.
15 January 2016
TUC International have produced an employment rights online resource guide in 17 languages to help inform people of their working rights in the UK. This resource is a good organising and recruitment tool for union organisers to make use of. The employment rights online resource guide can be found by...
07 January 2016
As many workplaces prepare to shut down for the Christmas break, the TUC is today urging everyone to spare a thought for the hundreds of thousands who will be working this Christmas Day.
22 December 2015
Commenting on allegations of minimum wage breaches by Sports Direct, made today (Wednesday) following an undercover investigation by the Guardian newspaper into their employment practices, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It will surprise no one that Sports Direct is hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons again. All workers...
09 December 2015
Commenting on the vote expected to take place today (Tuesday) in the House of Commons on a decision by the House of Lords that the voting age should be lowered to 16 for the EU referendum, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The EU referendum will seal the fate of...
08 December 2015
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