A self-employed hairdresser has won the right to claim for notice, holiday and redundancy pay in a ‘landmark case’ for the beauty industry.
Megan Gorman, 26, was a self-employed hairdresser at a Terence Paul salon in Manchester city centre, however, she argued the working practices made her ‘effectively an employee’.
Her lawyers claimed the successful judgment of an employment tribunal hearing could affect thousands of people who work in the beauty industry.
Gorman had to work set hours in the salon, which also kept 67% of her takings. She worked their for six years until it closed in 2019.
Gorman had an Employment Tribunal hearing in Manchester where the judgment went in her favour according to her lawyers.
The case furthers legal decisions on ‘worker’ status, as with the case in Uber drivers which is currently on appeal from the Court of Appeal.
The judgement could affect people in the beauty industry as well as wider industry’s such as dentists, hygienists, delivery drivers and bookkeepers.
Judith Fiddler, of Direct Law & Personnel said: “The whole hairdressing industry and many others will be affected by this decision.
“The significance is huge, as many people who think they are self-employed are actually not.
“The influence of the Pimlico Plumbers and Uber drivers’ cases has changed the climate.
“Our case was that Meghan was treated as an employee and was not genuinely self-employed, and therefore should benefit from employment law rights.
“At all times she was treated as an employee and her bosses exercised tight control over all aspects of her work.”
Industry figures explain that of the some 330,000 people who work in the beauty industry, 80% are women.
Ms Gorman joined Terence Paul in 2013 as a 19-year-old on a contract headed ‘Independent Contract for Services’ as a self-employed hairdresser.
She is now in pursue of further claims against the company including unfair and wrongful dismissal, sexual discrimination and a failure to provide a written contract of employment, as well as claiming for holiday pay, according to her lawyers.
Terence Paul claim the company’s self-employed hairdressers had control over their hours, days they worked, shift times, treatments they could give and holidays.
Gorman disputed this explaining she had to work 9am-6pm Monday to Saturday with no control over pricing or discounts. She also had to use company products, conform to Terence Paul’s dress standards and had to inform the salon if she wanted time off.
She explained: “They clearly had the power and control. I did not believe it could be considered I was in business on my own account.
“I had thought for some time that the contract they had in place was not right, saying I was self-employed when they had all those rules in place.”
TUC senior employment rights officer Tim Sharp said: “This is yet another case of the courts calling out false self-employment.
“The Government needs to use its planned Employment Bill to ensure that everyone gets full rights unless the boss can prove they are genuinely self-employed.”
This news comes following claims that the beauty industry has been abandoned by the government throughout coronavirus lockdown and that those industries where employment is highest among women have been hit the hardest.
The government failed to show an understanding of what gender played in the crisis and failed to produce an equality impact assessment for any of its new policies.
The beauty sector – which has links to 590,000 wider jobs and contributed £7bn in tax revenue in 2018 – was poked fun at by Prime Minister Boris Johnson during Prime Minister’s Questions. Including the reopening of barbers and beard trimming services but no facials, eyebrow or eyelash treatments which have since been allowed to continue after the ‘Why Can’t I Work’ campaign.
Woolworths possibly returning to British highstreet next year
Please be true.
A Twitter account called ‘UKWoolworths’ claims the much-loved chain will be making a comeback to the high street next year.
The account posted on Twitter to explain that three new trial stores will be opened late next year. They wrote: “Here to save 2020! Woolworths is coming back to your high street, as a physical store!
“A couple of legal things to get sorted, but we’re full steam ahead at Woolworths HQ.
“We want to get this right, so we need your help. What do you want at your UK #YourWoolworths?”
They went onto explain that they want fans to tell them exactly what they want from their local Woolies to make sure they get the reopening right.
They added: “Throughout this week, we’ll have announcements and chances to win gift cards for Woolworths and gift cards for other retailers on your high street. Welcome back to Woolworths!”
In response, one person wrote: “Apart from pick ‘n’ mix and the top 40 singles, cheap but good quality homeware like saucepans and picture frames and doormats and pillows. And sewing thread and needles. And shoe polish. And seeds and compost and plant pots. Everything Just what it was before, that’s all.”
Another said “I want pick n mix and lots of gift items”.
Another person added: “It’s got to be kid friendly. Easy access, wide aisles and full of stuff kids love. Comics, books, stationary, pic ‘n’ mix etc. Don’t try and stock a little bit of everything… Decide your market and stick to just that.”
However, not everyone is convinced the news is really true. One person wrote ‘obviously a hoax’ and another said the news is a ‘twisted and cruel PRANK’.
Another wrote ‘it’s a scam’ and a third added ‘it’s fake news’.
Do you hope the news is true or not?!
Scooters are now available in Salford for public use
Let’s hope this goes better than the Mobikes…
Salford City Council and the University of Salford are said to be thrilled to be trialling the new project.
The Department for Transport has opened the doors for cities, including Salford, to trial new schemes for renting e-scooters.
Previously banned in the UK, the introduction of e-scooters is to discourage workers from using their cars in cities.
Lime, the company behind the e-scooter trial, is a US-based company that currently already operates in London, Milton Keynes, Europe and of course the USA.
With great success in other cities, we can’t wait to see the scooters take off in Salford.
Costing £1 to unlock then an additional 15p per minute whilst you’re out and about. Each scooter is also fitted with an alarm which will activate if someone tried to move it without unlocking.
It’s important you remember to obey traffic laws, to ride safely in the bike lane or street and to wear a helmet.
Will you be trialing the new scooters? Let us know!
Manchester United set to deliver 5,000 free meals for local kids over half-term
Manchester United have announced they will be delivering 5,000 free meals to children over half-term.
Food provided by charity FareShare will be processed and packaged into individual meals at Old Trafford by United staff this week.
It will then be shipped out to local Manchester United Foundation partner schools.
The six schools involved include Waterhead Academy, Dean Trust Rose Bridge, The East Manchester Academy, Manchester Enterprise Academy, Manchester Academy, Stretford High School. Other charities will also receive some of the meals as part of the scheme.
It comes as United Striker, Marcus Rashford, campaigned to extend free meal provision until Easter 2021. MP’s voted against the action last week but are now facing a lot of pressure to reverse their decision.
A statement from the club reads: “Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more families are dealing with food poverty,”
“The impact of the virus has exacerbated an existing problem and, with unemployment rising and the economic crisis biting hard, many are struggling with reduced income.
“As a result, many families and children simply do not have enough food and are going hungry. This initiative does not solve the issue locally, but will make a significant difference to the lives of hundreds of families across Greater Manchester.”
John Shiels, the chief executive of the Manchester United Foundation, added: “We’re incredibly proud and humbled to be working with FareShare over October half-term.
“This initiative will go a long way to ensuring that pupils from our partner schools and families using local food-banks have fresh meals to eat, during what we know is a difficult time for many.
“We’ve seen first-hand how children from socially challenged backgrounds can be even more vulnerable when they’re not in school, it’s therefore imperative to be present in their lives throughout the school holidays, showing that we care and the Foundation is always here to support.”