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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.

TUC

GOV.UK – information from the UK Government

ACAS

Equality and Human Rights Commission

CWU

PCS

UNISON

Usdaw

Hazards

Labour Research Department (priced publications)


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