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workSMART from the TUC

workSMART is a TUC site, helping today's working people get the best from work. Visit now for our free comprehensive, plain-English guides to all aspects of your employment rights, your health at work, and pay and pensions, as well as a jargonbuster to explain technical terms and an interactive trade union finder

Know Your Rights leaflets

The TUC publishes a series of free leaflets explaining your rights at work and dealing with other common workplace problems. You download these online here, or read them online at workSMART.

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Your Rights At Work - the book

Your Rights At WorkFor a comprehensive guide to your rights at work, try the second edition of the TUC/Kogan Page book, Your Rights At Work. This edition contains new sections on pensions, family rights, and surveillance. All the original material, which included contracts of employment, working time, maternity rights, parental leave, dismissal, health and safety, bullying, wages and discrimination are updated. Every one at work needs a copy.

“People with any interest in workplace issues, and that is the vast majority of us, will find this book an indispensable aid.” - Christine Buckley, Industrial Editor, The Times

You can buy this now from our online publications shop for only £9.99, with free postage and packing in the UK.

Know Your Rights Line

Call 0870 600 4882 (national rate, 8am-10pm). Call the TUC's Know Your Rights line to order information booklets on your employment rights and other workplace issues.

Benefits for union members: 

If you are in a union you can also ask them for advice. Unions are experts at solving problems at work. 

If you are interested in joining a union, try workSMART's interactive Union Finder or call the know your rights line 0870 600 4882.

Helpful websites:

You will also find documents which relate to rights at work all over this TUC site. Just find the subject you are interested in by selecting from the subject drop down menu, and then browse through the documents in this area. Of particular interest may be The Law at Work subject area. Also check out some of these other useful sites:

workSMART www.worksmart.org.uk
ACAS www.acas.org.uk
Department of Trade and Industry www.dti.gov.uk/er/regs.htm
National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux www.adviceguide.org.uk
Health and Safety Executive www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/index.htm
Commission for Racial Equality www.cre.gov.uk
Equal Opportunities Commission www.eoc.org.uk
Disability Rights Commission www.drc-gb.org
LAGER (Lesbian and Gay Employment Rights) www.lager.dircon.co.uk