From stewards and turnstile operators, to programme sellers, hospitality and catering staff – these individuals play a vital part in the match day experience of football fans. For these frontline roles, clubs often rely on casual workers. A club’s demand for their services will be sporadic, depending on when and how often home matches take place.

We have been focussing so much recently on the introduction of fees into the Employment Tribunal, and the new (“Underhill” inspired) Employment Tribunal Rules due to come into force on 29 July 2013, that the new system for Early Conciliation (“EC”) through ACAS, has largely gone by unnoticed. Indeed we are still waiting for the Government to respond to its consultation paper although that is apparently to be expected very soon.

Like many employment lawyers I have been uncomfortable about the law on whistleblowing. No one can argue with the principle that the exposure of wrongdoing is in the public interest and should be encouraged or that those who do so should be protected.  However, what was a good idea in theory often appeared to have been abused in practice by claimants exploiting the whistleblowing regime for purely personal advantage in cases involving no legitimate element of public interest.

I attended a fabulous Industrial Law Society Conference at the week end. it was rightly held under the ILS ' own version of Chatham House Rules so I cannot attribute views to anyone in particular. What I can say is that there was a fascinating discussion from an HR perspective, as to where we have got to in terms of today's diverse and atypical workforce - a world away from where we were just a decade ago.

I was fortunate to have attended what turned out to be one of the most interesting meetings of the year.  And get this.  It was the Employment Tribunal Users meeting at London Central.  No really.