Although not perhaps reported in the main stream media to a great extent, still worth a mention as being in the employment law news is the fact that the latest Employment Tribunal statistics were published in March. These are the first figures to cover a whole quarter where no tribunal fees have been charged. The headline is that single claims have increased by a whopping 90%. ACAS have also published their most recent statistics which cover April to December 2017 and they have seen an increase of 500 notifications per week since the removal of fees - this represents approximately a 30% increase.
Emanating from the US is news that attempts to build the "best office building in the world" have hit a glitch. Three Apple workers have been hurt by walking into glass walls in the first month of working at a $5billion dollar HQ in San Francisco. The glass had been specially treated to achieve an exact level of transparency and whiteness, with the building being designed to avoid engineers being distracted from their work. High tech solutions to the problem have included sticking post it notes on the doors to make them more visible.
The UK's most famous "unretiree" has finally called it a day. Joe Bartley got a job as a waiter at the age of 91 after describing himself as "dying of boredom". And although age and a major operation have put paid to his working life, Joe still gets out and about and visits his ex employers restaurant for a coffee or a pint.
In the lead up to the deadline for gender pay gap reporting there was significant media coverage including the news that the TUC believe that the gender pay gap means that women work 67 days a year for free.
And the equal pay issue that won't go away - that involving the BBC - has had yet another airing with Martina Navratilova claiming John McEnroe is paid 10 times more than her for their work on Wimbledon. The BBC responded that the pair were on different contracts with McEnroe appearing more.
There has also been coverage of more equal pay claims. Following the news of big potential claims against Asda and Sainsbury's comes news that Morrisons and Next look like the next big companies that will need to deal with the issue. Reportedly Next is facing compensation claims of up to £30 million, with Morrisons facing a £100 million pay out.
Sticking with pay, but this time it's national minimum wage, the latest list from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy naming and shaming those who don't pay minimum wage has been published. Those who should know better include Wagamama, TGI Fridays, Marriott Hotels and Karen Millen, as well as football clubs Stoke City and Birmingham City.
And finally, not equal pay, but still an area from which inequality can arise - that of taking leave to look after children. With reports of discrimination and lower pay among women following maternity leave it seems that the issue is not so much the gender of the person taking the leave, but the fact that they are taking the leave at all with reports that men making use of shared parental leave are facing similar problems on return to work.