It's been a busy month for employment law in the news with coverage of topics ranging from microchipping to pay differentials to the perhaps slightly surprising news that Slough is the best place to live and work - David Brent can't be wrong…
Hot on the heels of last month's news that window cleaners may be the first to lose out on jobs to robots comes news of self driving lorries being trialled on roads around the UK. Bad news for lorry drivers, but perhaps also slightly worrying for other road users - watch out for two or three lorries driving in formation on a motorway near you.
Microchipping workers may also sound somewhat futuristic , but it is already happening. Three Square Market - a US based tech company - have microchipped 50 of their 80 strong workforce at a cost of $300 per chip, following the lead of companies in Sweden.
Claims by the TUC that flexible working requests can go wrong for workers in low paid jobs have also been reported on. The unions says that research they have carried out suggests that young people in low paid jobs who make requests can end up being given fewer hours, worse shifts or even being dismissed.
The glass ceiling is a well known and well publicised issue, but recent reports have suggested there is also a size ceiling. Studies in both the US and the UK indicate that being overweight detrimentally affects career progression. At this time the Equality Act does not specifically cover this type of discrimination, however, in certain cases, there may be scope for a disability discrimination claim.
Hardly a day goes by without reports appearing in the paper of how much money CEO's of large companies are being paid - justifiably or otherwise. Most recently comes news that listed companies will have to publish the pay ratio between bosses and staff under new corporate governance legislation. The legislation is expected to take effect by June 2018.
Would you be comfortable knowing an ex offender has hidden criminal convictions from you when applying for a job? If recommendations in a recent report are followed ex offenders may be able to do exactly that, even when those convictions are not "spent". Reports suggest the report has the backing of the Ministry of Justice.
It appears all publicity is not good publicity. Even after the Taylor report recommended the continued use of zero hours contracts it seems businesses are being put off using them due to fear of bad press, with the number of zero hours contracts being used falling.
Despite the continuing low take up of shared parental leave a recent study has found that more men want flexible work. Full timers of both genders want greater flexibility to deal with commutes, childcare and increasing leisure or study time.
A scheme first introduced in schools is coming to the workplace. On the back of evidence that physical activity makes employees more productive and less likely to take time off due to sickness the Scottish Government is writing to businesses encouraging them to introduce the daily mile scheme . Its anticipated the mile could be covered in 15 minutes during lunch break.
A Glaswegian worker has been re-united with his first pay packet after giving it to his mother for safekeeping 52 years ago. The pay, for his job as an apprentice builder was 2 pounds, fifteen shillings and ninepence halfpenny.
And finally Slough has come out top of a survey of the 25 best places to live and work in the UK. Despite the drab and dreary image portrayed in the The Office, it has been hailed a prime spot for jobs, cost of living and worker satisfaction.