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.
Around 20 people involved in mass brawl ‘with knives’ in Piccadilly Gardens
The violence spilled out into the street
A large group of people were involved in a mass fight ‘with knives’ in Piccadilly Gardens last night.
Around 20 people were caught up in the large brawl on Monday evening, and according to reports some were armed with knives.
The fight took place outside Morrisons on the end of Oldham Street, and happened around 9:30pm.
Witnesses reported seeing some of the suspects carrying knives, although police didn’t recover any from the scene, and busses were forced to stop as the violence spread out onto the road.
Someone who witnessed the fight said on Twitter: “Piccadilly gardens is the roughest place on earth… a lovely night out helping ruined by a group of young kids kicking each others faces in”.
Officers responded to the incident, but no arrests were made or serious injuries reported.
This incident was the third of serious violence in just a few days.
Saturday afternoon saw another incident outside Morrisons in Piccadilly Gardens, in which a man was slashed in the face.
And on Sunday a brawl involving two tables at Barca bar in Castlefield happened, with some involved arming themselves with weapons like bar furniture and a baseball bat.
Leading scientists call for end of face masks and social distancing by June
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Leading scientists have written to the UK government calling for social distancing and face masks to be scrapped from June.
In total 22 scientists have signed the communication, saying that these measures should finish on June 22nd – the same date limits on social contact are set to be scrapped in England.
One of the scientists who has added their name to the letter is Dr Roland Salmon, the former director of the communicable disease centre in Wales.
Dr Salmon told BBC Radio Wales: “I am not venting my frustration but I do think some dialogue is well overdue.
“I have always felt that there has been little credible evidence benefit for many of the measures that we take.”
According to him, the letter was written to encourage the government to focus on protecting vulnerable people rather than the masses as we move forward.
Dr Salmon said we need to deal with the ‘here and now’ when asked about the threat of variants, going on to add that the vaccine has shown it helps prevent severe disease and death.
He added: “We can’t stop living forever while we wait for things to happen”.
Scientists who’ve signed the letter include Prof Robert Dingwall from Nottingham Trent University, who sits on the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG).
There’s also Prof Anthony Brookes, a geneticist and health data scientist at the University of Leicester, and Prof Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at Oxford University.
The letter reads: “We are being told simultaneously that we have successful vaccines and that major restrictions on everyday life must continue indefinitely. Both propositions cannot be true.
“We need to give more weight to the data on the actual success of the vaccines and less to theoretical risks of vaccine escape and/or surge in a largely vaccinated population.”
It continues: “Covid-19 no longer requires exceptional measures of control in everyday life, especially where there have been no evaluations and little credible evidence of benefit.
“Measures to reduce or discourage social interaction are extremely damaging to the mental health of citizens; to the education of children and young people; to people with disabilities; to new entrants to the workforce; and to the spontaneous personal connections from which innovation and enterprise emerge.”
Boris Johnson is regarded as ‘untrustworthy’ by six out of 10 voters
It follows weeks of allegations against the PM
According to a new poll Boris Johnson is seen as ‘untrustworthy’ by six out of 10 voters in Britain, with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer seen as more trustworthy.
The poll from Ipsos MORI was shared by the Evening Standard, and comes after weeks of leaks and allegations about sleaze aimed at the prime minister.
The research found that Mr Johnson is trusted by just 35% of voters and deemed untrustworthy by 59%, while Sir Keir is seen as trustworthy by 42% and is untrusted by 41%.
Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos MORI, said: “On honesty Boris Johnson is clearly trumped by Keir Starmer, so this is an area of potential risk for him.
“However, his own supporters still trust him, and the public overall have never seen it as one of his strongest attributes … and as previous leaders such as Tony Blair have shown, you don’t have to be ahead on trust to win elections.
“The key question is whether and if these stories continue and start to change the public’s overall view on him as PM.”
The poll was taken following weeks of reports about murky donations being used to refurbish the prime minister’s flat, as well as disclosures about covert lobbying.
However, it was undertaken before the most recent allegations that Mr Johnson said he’d rather see ‘bodies pile high’ than have another lockdown, so those reports won’t have been taken into consideration by those polled.
Despite all the recent controversy, the prime minister and government’s net satisfaction hasn’t changed much since March, with both Mr Johnson (44 satisfied/50 dissatisfied) and Sir Keir (36/46) having net negative ratings.
Ipsos MORI interviewed 1090 adults across the UK by telephone from April 16th to the 22nd – you can find full details here.