Change is on its way
Theres not much we know for certain about what will happen to UK employment law in the wake of Brexit.
But what I can tell you is that things are likely to change.
The Prime Minister has made it clear that he cannot and will not guarantee that our regulations will remain closely aligned with those of the EU.
Indeed, the possibility of a guarantee was explicitly written out of the Withdrawal Agreement. Whilst an original draft contained clauses which guaranteed the protection of all EU derived workers rights, by the time the document gained parliamentary assent these had disappeared.
Have you heard of IR35 yet?
Chances are that if you havent, you soon will.
Thats because it comes into effect from April 6 and could have a major impact on all medium or large-sized private sector businesses which employ contractors.
From that date, responsibility for deciding the employment status of those contractors for tax purposes will switch to the employer doing the hiring and away from the contractor themselves.
After three years of wrangling it now looks certain that the UK will leave the EU at the end of this month.
And for businesses of all shapes and sizes, thats going to bring some sizeable changes to the way they employ people, the rights those workers enjoy and the way in which they are enforced.
It wont all happen overnight of course in fact, far from it.
Hot desking how to make it work
The world of work is changing and that means our working habits are changing with it.
Gone are the days when employees religiously clocked on at 9am, sat at the same desk they had always sat at, and then religiously clocked off at 5pm to return home.
The explosion in digital technology, changing lifestyles and the growth of the freelance culture mean that flexible working is now very much an everyday part of our working lives.
And with that has come the rise of hot desking.
Heres an astonishing fact for you.
Last year in this country a total of 15.4 million working days were lost to stress.
According to the HSE, nearly 600,000 workers were affected by work-related stress, anxiety or depression, with 44 per cent blaming the pressures workload for their condition.
We all do it.
Every day we make routine assumptions about the people around us based on nothing other than our own unconscious bias.
Thats why so many of us routinely associate the colour pink with girls and the colour blue with boys.
Its also why very many people will automatically assume that the nurse they have an appointment with will be a woman, whilst the consultant will be a man. Its why we assume youngsters are better handling technology than older people and taller people make better leaders than those of a more diminutive stature.
Interestingly, we all assume that every other person we meet will be making judgments based on these unconscious factors, though we ourselves would never do so.
Unconscious bias is a very real factor in the workplace too.