Do I need to ask permission to use the toilet?

Ludicrous as it sounds, we know of cases where workers have felt themselves humiliated by having to ask their managers for permission to use the toilet, especially in high-pressure workplaces such as call centres. The law remains unclear on their rights. The TUC is pressing for legal change to give people the right to take toilet breaks when they need them. Find out more in the TUC's Give us a (Loo!) break guide.

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