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Plumber wins landmark employment rights case

A plumber has won a landmark legal case that is likely to have widespread implications for workers on self-employment contracts. Gary Smith, who worked for Pimlico Plumbers full-time for six years, took his case to the Supreme Court, over his entitlement to rights such as sick pay. The five Supreme Court justices rejected an appeal by Pimlico Plumbers against a number of court rulings that determined he could claim “worker” status, even though he was described in his contract as a “self-employed operative”. Announcing the decision in London, Lord Wilson said an employment tribunal was “entitled to conclude” the firm could not be viewed as Mr Smith’s “client or customer”. The judge said: “Although the contract did provide him with elements of operational and financial independence, Mr Smith’s services to the company’s customers were marketed through the company. “More importantly, its terms enabled the company to exercise tight administrative control over him during his periods of work it; to impose fierce conditions on when and how much it paid to him, which were described at one point as his wages; and to restrict his ability to compete with it for plumbing work following any termination of their relationship.” Some commentators have said the ruling is expected to have a major impact on the what is often called the gig economy. Flexible working arrangements, many of which involve firms recruiting people on a self-employed basis, have been on the rise in recent years. It is thought the ruling could affect a number of other cases currently progressing through the courts but Pimlico Plumbers’ lawyer claimed its impact would be limited. Susannah Kintish of Mishcon de Reya, said: “This judgment does not lay down any new principles of law around worker status. “Instead, all eyes will be on the Government as businesses await legislation on how to categorise their workforce – something which could still be a matter of years away. In the meantime, the gig economy continues to evolve and existing employment law is rendered increasingly unfit for purpose. “The Supreme Court Justices have made it clear that this judgment is very specific to the unique facts of the case. “It will therefore do little to stem the flow of litigation around worker status which, in the absence of any overarching principles, will need to be determined on the specific circumstances of each case.” Mr Smith was on call by Pimlico Plumbers to carry out jobs for its customers and had a company uniform and van which he rented. He claimed that, after suffering a heart attack in 2011, he was unfairly dismissed when he tried to reduce his hours. A tribunal made a preliminary finding that he was a “worker” within the meaning of the 1996 Employment Rights Act – a decision that was upheld by the Employment Appeal Tribunal and again by the Court of Appeal in January last year. The Court of Appeal found Mr Smith was a worker because he was obliged to use the firm’s van for jobs and was contractually obligated to work a minimum number of hours a week. As a “worker”, he was entitled to employment rights including holiday and sick pay, the court decided. More follows… © Sky News 2018
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Cost of county jail work expected soon

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER A budget for various repairs at the Hancock County jail should be done by Friday, James Sammet, county maintenance supervisor, told the commissioners during a meeting Tuesday. The list of projects will include metal roofing, masonry, painting, doors, plumbing, and mechanical. Commissioner Tim Bechtol said companies “can bid all components or select individual components.” Since common pleas court requested the projects, Commissioner President Brian Robertson said, he assumes the bill will be paid “out of court funds and/or the clerk’s fund, b…
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Global Plumbing Fixtures & Fittings Market 2018 – Geberit (Switzerland), Kohler (US), Jacuzzi (US …

The report “Global Plumbing Fixtures & Fittings Market” evaluates the present and future market opportunities of Plumbing Fixtures & Fittings business. The analysis study sheds lightweight on a number of the main drivers and restraints factors influencing the expansion of the Plumbing Fixtures & Fittings market. The market is separate on the idea of product sort, Plumbing Fixtures & Fittings makers, application, and countries. practicableness of investment study, Plumbing Fixtures & Fittings market standing from 2013 to 2018, Plumbing Fixtures & Fittings business d…
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Want a tiny house? These Kentucky students have you covered.

Tiny houses designed and constructed by students in Eastern Kentucky school districts are available to buy via auction for the remainder of June. According to the website, the tiny house movement “is a social movement where people are choosing to downsize their living space. “ The typical American home is around 2,600 square feet. The typical small or tiny house is between 100 and 400 square feet. Tiny houses come in all shapes, sizes, and forms and enable simpler living in a smaller, more efficient space,” the website said. People joining the movement have environm…
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Johnston, Martin Oil power past Patton

Teammate Nevin Wood added two hits and two RBIs while winning pitcher Caden Nagle struck out 10 in just four innings. SCORE BY INNINGS Patton Legion 001 30X X– 4 4 4 Martin Oil 306 5XX X — 14 14 3 2B–Schmoke, Wood, Whaley, Johnston (M). 3B–McFarland (M). Multiple hits — Schmoke 2, Wood 2, Whaley 2, Johnston 2 (M). RBI–Schmoke, Wood 2, Showalter, Whaley, Akers, Stewart, Johnston 3 (M). WP–Nagle. LP–Potutschnig. SO–Nagle 10, Showalter 1 (M), Potutschnig 3, Lemont 1 (P). BB–Nagle 3, Potutschnig 3, Lemont 2. Records: Martin Oil (2-1), Pa…
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Photos: Hancock College considers improvements

Paint peels from the side of an art classroom building at Hancock College. Hancock College officials are considering adding a bond to the November ballot to replace aging art, music and athletic facilities at the Santa Maria campus. Students crowd into a small physical therapy room in the physical education building at Hancock College’s Santa Maria campus. After failing to pass at Tuesday’s meeting, Hancock trustees will reconsider adding a proposed bond measure for campus improvements to the November ballot.  Officials at Hancock College hope to build new classrooms and facilities on open a…
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 Posted on : June 13, 2018

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