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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)

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
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