Technology, sexism, an equal pay claim in the billions and the importance of sleep have all made the employment law news in the last month.
Another warning of the rise of the robots has been issued, this time suggesting that 230,000 Scottish jobs could be put at risk over the next decade. The figures come from the Cities Outlook report which annually checks city economies. It has concluded that Dundee is most at risk from robot labour, with Edinburgh and Aberdeen better placed to adapt.
Technology is also impacting on roles that people are still needed to carry out - in the short term at least. Amazon are proposing the use of wristbands that can precisely track where employees are placing their hands and use vibrations to nudge them in a different direction. This should speed up the process with each worker fulfilling more orders - at least until their roles are automated completely.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has issued a warning that businesses are "decades behind the law" after statistics from a YouGov survey has shown that a third of bosses working for private companies thought it was reasonable to ask a female about her plans to have children, nearly 60% said a candidate should have to reveal if she was pregnant during recruitment and nearly half thought it was OK to ask a woman if she had small children.
These attitudes may explain why so few men appear to have risked taking up the option of shared parental leave. In an attempt to improve the 2% take up the Government has launched a "share the joy" campaign, a £1.5million initiative to encourage more of the 285,000 couples eligible for the leave to use it. The campaign will use digital website advertising, social media and ads in train stations and on commuter routes to reach its audience.
The West End may be starting to catch up with modern life - the possibility of job sharing for west end stars is being mooted by some of the actors. Although the culture is described as "blood, sweat and tears" with six day weeks, proponents have pointed out the use of understudies to cover sickness and holidays means the public are used to having more than one person playing a role.
A PR company in Spain are suffering the consequences of a very public act of discrimination. The company rejected a female applicant for an account executive role telling her they "needed a man who could handle the pace of working with big companies". After the job applicant tweeted a screenshot of a message from the company, certain clients, including Coca Cola, closed their accounts.
The Government's crackdown on unpaid internships has also been in the news, with 550 warning letters having reportedly been sent to companies. HMRC is to issue guidance to employers spelling out when they are legally obliged to pay the minimum wage.
Pulse, a magazine for GPs, has reported that the number of fit notes being issued has risen by nearly 10% in the last 12 months. The number issued for mental and behavioural disorders has risen by 13.5%. However, GPs were complaining that they believed that a lot of employers were ignoring the advice being given on the notes.
And finally, the problem of sleep deprived staff- particularly those who carry out shift work, travel across time zones or who drive for work - has hit the headlines with Business in the Community and Pubic Health England Sleep launching a recovery tool kit for those not getting enough sleep. Tips include access to natural light, limiting the frequency of emails sent outside working hours, making sure employees stay hydrated and ensuring annual leave entitlements are taken.