The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by plumbing company Pimlico Plumbers in a decision that should have wide implications for workers’ rights.Giving the lead judgment this morning in Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and another v Smith, Lord Wilson upheld judgments from the employment tribunal and the Court of Appeal. The decision clarified that plumber Gary Smith’s work for the company met the definition of ’employment’ under section 83(2)(a) of the Equality Act.Wilson said Smith should be considered as a ‘limb (b) worker’ and therefore entitled to certain rights. So called ‘workers’ do not enjoy the full range of employment protection rights that full-time staff do but are entitled to elements including holiday pay.The case was closely watched by employment lawyers and those who operate in the so-called ‘gig-economy’.During his time at Pimlico Plumbers, Smith paid tax on a self-employed basis though he worked solely for Pimlico, was required to wear the company uniform, rented a branded van and was required to work a minimum number of weekly hours. However, he could choose when he worked and which jobs he took. He was required to provide his own tools and equipment.After a heart attack in 2010 Smith wanted to work three days a week rather than five. Pimlico refused his request and took away the van.An employment tribunal ruled that Smith was a worker, but not an employee. Pimlico appealed that decision but both the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal backed the tribunal’s finding.The Supreme Court’s decision paves the way for Smith to take action against Pimlico Plumbers as a worker, including a claim that he was unfairly dismissed.
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 HIROSHIMA – Ikuko Nishikori set the women’s pole vault national record Saturday when she cleared 4.36 meters to win at the Oda Memorial international track and field meet.Nishikori broke the previous mark of 4.35 set by Takayo Kondo in 2004 as she outclassed the field in rain at Hiroshima Big Arch. In other events, Kumiko Ikeda won the women’s 100-meter hurdles in 13.04 seconds, just 0.04 shy of the national record.Dai Tamesue, the men’s 400-meter hurdles bronze medalist at the world championships last year, finished runnerup to James Davis of the United States in the 400 meters.Tamesue finished 0.08 behind Davis, who clocked 47.17 seconds.
Cricket Banned opener Cameron Bancroft will find out this week whether he will be granted special permission to return to his club cricket side this year. Bancroft is serving a nine-month suspension from state and international cricket for his role in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. That Cricket Australia ban ends in late December, at which point Bancroft will be free to play for Western Australia and Australia again. But the 25-year-old is hopeful of being granted an exemption to play for his WA club side Willetton while serving his CA ban. Under WA Premier Cricket rules, any CA ban automatically extends to WA club ranks. The situation is different on the other side of the country, meaning fellow banned test players David Warner and Steve Smith are free to play club cricket in NSW while serving their 12-month CA suspensions. The 16 WACA clubs were scheduled to hold an extraordinary meeting on Monday night to vote on Bancroft’s eligibility. Bancroft only needs a simple majority at that meeting to earn an exemption – meaning nine yes votes will be enough. If the vote goes against Bancroft, he will have to consider moving interstate until his CA ban ends. NSW premier cricket is ready to pounce on Bancroft if the right-hander is denied the chance to return via WA’s State league. WACA chief executive Christina Matthews has urged WA’s clubs to allow Bancroft to play in the state league, saying it would be unjust if they don’t. Bancroft has retained his WA and Perth Scorchers contracts, and he is free to join in at training when pre-season starts in June. New Australia coach Justin Langer has already said he’d welcome the return of Bancroft, Smith, and Warner when their CA bans end. – AAP
Premier League Board Boss Welbeck Yaw Abra Appiah has indicated that, his outfit is doing its best to make this season’s league a memorable one.According to him, as far as they are concerned, things are going on well and hoped it will continue throughout the season.He told Asempa sports on Friday that, officiating, security, hooliganism and all the other factors that normally mare the game have so far been under control at all the match venues.He believes this will go a long way to promote the league and change the public perception on the local league.In a related development, Abra Appiah who is a member of the referees review committee says they will keep the referees on their toes and punish those that go contrary to the rules of the game.
Related ABC(LOS ANGELES) — While he didn’t reference the content of her racist tweet, President Trump has referred to ABC’s cancellation of Roseanne, a show whose success he’d closely watched.The highly-rated show was pulled from ABC’s lineup Tuesday within hours of star Roseanne Barr’s tweet that former Obama White House aide Valerie Jarrett was the “baby” of the “Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes.”Disney CEO Bob Iger reportedly called Jarrett to apologize, something with which the president apparently took issue.“Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that, ‘ABC does not tolerate comments like those’, made by Roseanne Barr,” the president tweeted. “Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?”President Trump didn’t elaborate on which specific statements he was referring to. Trump, who’s been a friend of Barr’s for years, called her back in March to congratulate her on her short-lived show’s initial success after the revival’s record-breaking debut.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico