Month: February 2004

If football’s “super creditor” rule disappears, can a ninety-two club, fully professional football league be sustained?

In its recent report on football finances, the self-appointed All Party Parliamentary Football Group (APFG) advocated the abolition of football’s “super creditor” rule which discriminates against trade creditors when a club goes into a Creditor’s Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) or into administration. The discrimination arises because the rule requires that football creditors (ie players and other …   Read more

New regulations for performer, sport and model agencies

New regulations for the conduct of employment agencies and employment businesses have recently been published as Statutory Instrument 2003 No. 3319.  All but two of the regulations come into force on 6 April 2004 and the remaining two in July 2004. A key feature is that the regulations preserve a previous exemption by which agencies …   Read more

Part-time workers

The Part-Time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 came into force on 1 July 2000.  They introduced new rights for part-time workers with the aim being to ensure that, unless objectively justified, part-time workers are not treated less favourably than comparable full-time workers in respect of their terms and conditions. As a result …   Read more

Will sports rights holders eventually have to help bail out 3G mobile operators?

The announcement this week that the EC Commission competition department is to open an industry-wide investigation into the sale of sports rights to the Internet and 3G mobile operators, under a rarely used procedure that could lead (eventually) to some individual decisions by competition authorities at national level, is unlikely to set pulses racing. It …   Read more