Month: November 2003

The EC state aid investigation of the “Salva Calcio” law: Is there a real distortion of trade or does Brussels just want to run the show?

The EC Commission’s decision to open an investigation into whether the Italian “Salva Calcio” measures, whereby Serie A clubs have the option to write off players’ values over a ten year period, amounts to illegal state aid is unlikely to prove very popular in Italy. If the Italian law (which the Commission also alleges is …   Read more

A battle royal in the High Court

The proceedings between the Royal Household (represented by the Attorney General) and the Daily Mirror and its undercover reporter (Ryan Parry) have been settled. The fact that proceedings were initiated and the statements made on the Royal Family’s behalf at their conclusion before Mr Justice Lightman yesterday suggest a change of approach by the Royal …   Read more

New laws against discrimination based on sexual orientation, religion or belief

On 1 December 2003 it will become unlawful under the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 for employers to discriminate on the grounds of an individual’s actual or perceived sexual orientation.  On 2 December 2003 it will become unlawful under the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 to discriminate on the grounds of an …   Read more

Singer’s contract in the spotlight: Gary Marlow v Exile Productions

On 11 November 2003 singer Van Morrison’s company, Exile, was ordered to pay Gary Marlow, owner of The Crown Hotel in Marlborough, £40,000 in damages as a result of Morrison cancelling a gig at the hotel which had been promoted by the owner. Whilst the case was decided very much on its specific facts, there …   Read more

Use of mobile phones whilst driving: Employer’s liability

From 1 December 2003 it will be unlawful to use a hand-held mobile phone or similar device whilst driving. The penalty will be £30 or up to £1,000 on conviction. The legislation which creates this offence is the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No.4) Regulations 2003. Surprisingly, these regulations have an impact on employers. …   Read more