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Plumber wins workers' rights battle against Pimlico Plumbers

Plumber wins workers' rights battle against Pimlico Plumbers

Business
A plumber has won a legal battle for working rights in a Supreme Court ruling expected to have huge ramifications for freelance workers.Gary Smith had worked solely for Pimlico Plumbers for six years.Despite being VAT-registered and paying self-employed tax, he was entitled to workers' rights, the court ruled. The ruling will be closely read by others with similar disputes, many of whom work for firms in the so-called gig economy.An employment tribunal was "entitled to conclude" that Mr Smith was a worker, the court ruled.As a worker Mr Smith would be entitled to employment rights, such as holiday and sick pay.The Supreme Court ruling means that an employment tribunal can now proceed to examine his action against Pimlico Plumbers...
Uber loses appeal over workers' rights ruling

Uber loses appeal over workers' rights ruling

Business
Uber has lost an appeal against a landmark ruling on the employment rights of its drivers.Two drivers, James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam, won a case against the ride-hailing app last year after arguing they were workers and entitled to the minimum wage, sick pay, paid holiday and breaks.During its failed attempt to overturn the decision at the Employment Appeal Tribunal in London, Uber claimed the ruling could deprive drivers of the "personal flexibility they value".The company, which is also battling Transport for London over its licence to operatein the capital, said it would appeal against Friday's judgment.In a statement, it said: "Almost all taxi and private hire drivers have been self-employed for decades, long before our app existed.Image:The tech firm claims its drivers are 'partners' ...
Steve Buscemi replaces Owen Wilson in TBS anthology 'Miracle Workers'

Steve Buscemi replaces Owen Wilson in TBS anthology 'Miracle Workers'

Entertainment
Oct. 19 (UPI) --Steve Buscemi is set to replace Owen Wilson as the co-lead of TBS's upcoming comedic anthology series Miracle Workers.Buscemi will star alongside Daniel Radcliffe in the seven-episode comedy series after Wilson dropped out of the project in August.The series takes place in a heaven-set workplace where Buscemi, who last appeared on television in HBO's Boardwalk Empire, will star as God.Radcliffe stars opposite Buscemi as Craig, a low-level angel responsible for handling all of humanity's prayers, working for a God that has checked out of his job to focus on his favorite hobbies.Miracle Workers is executive produced by Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels and created by Man Seeking Woman's Simon Rich, who also will serve as showrunner.The series is based on Rich's book What i...