Employment, Equal Opportunities and Diversity: That Age Old Problem
Tough new rules on age discrimination covering every aspect of employment - from recruitment right through to retirement - come into force later this year. Caroline Stroud and Louise Taylor offer advice to help employers get up to speed in the areas that are likely to prove most problematic
If age discrimination is not on the lips of every director and human resources (HR) manager, it ought to be. Regulations introducing a general prohibition on age discrimination in employment and vocational training come into force on 1 October, 2006, leaving employers little time to prepare for their impact. In some circumstances, discrimination on the grounds of age will still be permitted, but it will need to be objectively justified – and this requires hard, documented evidence that the discrimination was the least onerous way of achieving a legitimate business aim.
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