We start this week with reports of a controversial statement made by Sir Philip Hampton, co-chair of a government commissioned review into increasing the number of women in senior business roles. Sir Philip was quoted as saying that female broadcasters at the BBC let the much publicised gender pay gap happen "because they weren't doing much about it". He also claimed that he has "never, ever had a woman ask for a pay rise". Not surprisingly, he has been criticised for appearing to be out of touch.
The rise of the machines continues with the news that window cleaners look like they may be one of the first to lose out on work to robots. A British designed skyscraper - which is to be built in Instanbul - is being designed for robotic maintenance. The building will feature electronic guide wires so drones can navigate around it to carry out tasks such as cleaning windows and maintaining aerials.
Researchers at Aberdeen University have recently published research confirming that many studies into the effect of wearing high heel shoes at work show a link between the shoes and an increased link of bunions, pain and injury. Earlier this year the UK Government declined to introduce legislation making it unlawful for employers to require female staff to wear high heels. However, the researchers hope the study will help wearers weigh up the health risks with any benefit they perceive from wearing the shoes.
And finally, UK workers are to receive £2m in back pay after government investigations identified firms not paying National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage.