This year employment law seems to be hitting the headlines more than ever - and so far not a lot of it seems like good news.
Maybe it was the effect of "blue Monday" - the most depressing day of the year fell on 15 January this year - but we kick off with the news that more than three quarters of UK workers are worried their pay will fall in the future. The report which was commissioned by the Royal Society of Arts says that workers across all income bands were concerned about real pay falling due to rising prices with recent data showing that average weekly wages are growing at 2.2% compared to inflation of 3.1% in November 2017.
This followed a report by the Resolution Foundation that warns that people should not expect pay rises above inflation in 2018, putting pressure on living standards.
And, according to the Institute of Fiscal Studies, the rapidly increasing living wage isn't the answer - in fact it could lead to higher unemployment. The IFS report states that, with the hourly rate set to top £8.50 per hour by 2020, firms will become more likely to invest in technology and computer systems than expensive labour meaning robots taking over jobs.
Meanwhile at the BBC some of the top male presenters have agreed to take pay cuts following the high profile pay inequalities highlighted at the organisation during the last 12 months. Carrie Grace, who resigned from her job in China over pay inequality is also to return to the BBC in London expecting to be "paid equally".
After the bitcoin rollercoaster at the end of 2017, getting paid in the cryptocurrency seems unlikely but that is the option being made available to staff at Japanese internet firm GMO Group. Risky as it might seem, the GMO Group are not the first to make such an offer. Bitwage, a platform set up to convert salaries into cryptocurrency processed $30million in wages for 20,000 users including staff from Google, Facebook, the United Nations and the US Navy.
The dangers of use - or misuse - of social media were highlighted in the New Year with widespread coverage of the resignation of Toby Young following controversial comments he made online. This issue is not likely to go away with over 80% of recruiters reportedly checking candidates online presence prior to hiring decisions being made.
The recently published findings of the Office of National Statistics that the gender pay gap widens as women get older probably didn't come as a surprise to many given the well known "parenthood penalty" suffered by females who take time out to have children. This is likely to be the first of many stories on this topic this year as the last day for gender pay gap reports nears.
Another recently reported study showing that male working patterns have seen a big shift towards part-time roles might at first sight seem like a step towards flexible working. However, in fact, the report raises concerns about the number of men who are working part-time against their wishes and identifies an earnings inequality among men. Women though still dominate part time and low paid work.
And finally, on a more positive note, there has also been media coverage of the steps being taken by some companies to try to achieve a better work life balance for their employees. One company seem to have achieved the impossible with staff working 4 days per week but being paid for 5. Staff claim they only work 8 hour days on the four working days and are actively discouraged from doing any work on the fifth day, while the company remains as profitable as when 5 day weeks were worked.