The last month seems to have been a particularly strong one for employment law in the news with "jobbymoons", car worker strikes over Ronaldo and, on a more serious note, yet more gender pay gap news.
We start with the heartwarming story of the employee in Alabama who, after walking for 20 miles to make sure he wasn't late for his first day at work, was given a car by his new boss.
Sticking with cars, the USB union in Italy has called a strike for Fiat workers at the Melfi plant in southern Italy after becoming incensed that Juventus were paying £99.2m to sign footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. The football club and the car maker are both controlled by the Agnelli family through their holding company. The union believe the money being paid to Ronaldo would be better used guaranteeing the future of workers at the plant.
Another positive story - that of Ryan Davidson who after being out of work and homeless for 3 years was offered a job by businessman James Minns after an on the spot "interview" when Ryan asked for spare change. After a social media frenzy Ryan turned up for his first day at work the following Monday even getting a lift there from a local milkman to make sure he made it on time.
However, according to analysis by the TUC One in 12 workers do not take their legal holiday entitlement. As well as putting the workers at risk of health problems they are also losing out on nearly £3bn worth of paid leave a year with retail, education and health and social care workers missing out the most.
The Parliamentary Women and Equalities Committee report on sexual harassment in the workplace, covered in more detail elsewhere in this e-bulletin, has received a good deal of media coverage, mainly picking up on the concerning statistics that 53% of women and 20% of men say the have experienced sexual harassment at work and the problems of non disclosure agreements hiding the scale of the problem.
The BBC, who, by virtue of inclusion of the information in their annual report, are ahead of the crowd when it comes to reporting on the gender pay gap, becomes the first company to be able to confirm that it has reduced its median gender pay gap from 9.3% to 7.6%. It also reduced its mean pay gap from 10.7% to 8.4%.
However, the top 12 earners on the BBC's latest list of star salaries are all men. Headed up by Gary Lineker who takes home between £1.75m and £1.76m it is not until the salary levels drop to £370,000 to £379,999 that the first female, Claudia Winkleman, is mentioned.
Also in the news is the fact that, as well as having a gender pay gap while at work, women are also facing a glaring gender pension gap. This is due to both career breaks to raise children (the well known motherhood penalty) and the result of lower pay.
A diabetic concert goer in Ireland has successfully relied upon disability discrimination legislation to win £2,000 after a court held she had been discriminated against when security guards would not let her bring a bottle of Lucozade into a concert in Belfast. The company responsible were found to have failed to provide a reasonable adjustment to its policy of not allowing liquids to be brought into concerts.
The TUC have recently warned firms that they should not penalize meat eaters. The warning came after American firm WeWork told staff they would no longer reimburse them for meals containing poultry, pork or red meat because of environmental concerns. The company claims the decision will save 16.6 million gallons of water, 445.1 million pounds of CO2 emissions and 15,507,103 animals.
And finally, according to the Office for National Statistics around 70,000 people now work mainly nights in the UK. Research for 5 Live Money has found that the number of retail workers working night as their main shift pattern has increased by 50% over the past 10 years with the number of women working nights increasing by 77% over that period. Reasons for the increase include the non affordability of childcare during the normal working day and more online shopping.