At this time of year, it is common to reflect on what has happened and see how things have progressed in the past 12 months. Here are our employment law highlights (and lowlights) of 2018:

January: Phil Neville was appointed manager of England Women’s Football Team amid a sexist twitter gaffe and an EAT. The case of Crawford v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd brought an interesting judgment on rest breaks.

February: Donelien v Liberata UK gave us an interesting case on occupational health reports and a DPD driver tragically died during the peak gig economy furore.

March: Companies published their gender pay gap data.

April: Capita v Ali brought answers to sex discrimination and shared parental leave and the Brexit whistleblower was outed as gay.

May: GDPR came in to force ending the spam of opt-in emails. Elsewhere, Addison Lee v Gascoigne was one of a raft of employment status cases.

June: Pimlico Plumbers v Smith was another landmark case for employment status and Rice Shack v Obi gave an interesting judgment on zero hours staff rights to average pay whilst suspended.

July: Mencap v Tomlinson-Blake opened a can of worms for NMW and sleep-in shifts and plans for pay ratio reporting were announced.

August: Gray v Mulberry held that a belief in the sanctity of intellectual property was not a protected belief and Office Equipment v Hughes found that employers had the right to contest the damages awarded even if they did not defend a claim.

September: Morrison’s became the latest supermarket to be hit with an equal pay claim.

October: The gay cake case became one of the most costly cakes of all time and Morrison’s felt the pinch after being found liable for a huge data breach.

November: It was suggested ET fees might be reintroduced and British Airways v Pinaud gave an interesting case on part-time workers. Phil also published a book!

December: Moves were made on implementing the Taylor Report and Deliveroo couriers were deemed ineligible for trade union recognition.