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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)

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called for more resources to be given to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Service (HMRC) to clamp down on employers who avoid paying staff the minimum wage, following the naming of shaming of employers who have been fined for not paying their staff the...
11 August 2016
The TUC is warning today (Monday) that Brexit would make it easier for employers to impose pay cuts and worse conditions on workers in firms that are sold to a new owner, or services that are contracted out.
13 June 2016
Commenting on the launch today of a campaign poster by the Labour Party, which warns voters that they will lose rights at work if the UK leaves the EU, TUC Deputy General Secretary Paul Nowak said: “Leave campaigners keep telling us they think that working people’s rights are ‘burdens’ that...
07 June 2016
Responding to the European Commission's publication today (Thursday) of guidelines for people earning through 'sharing economy' companies, such as Uber and Airbnb, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said: “Sharing economy companies cannot just take the money and run. They must provide decent working conditions for the people who create their...
02 June 2016
Everything you need to know about starting a job, time off, pay, problems at work and much more. Written by employment experts at the TUC, the fifth edition (2016) of this popular book contains new sections on maternity and paternity rights, equality law, carer’s leave, flexible working, agency working and...
27 May 2016
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