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Age discrimination

New equality legislation protects individuals from being discriminated on the basis of their age. On this page you can access a range of articles, books and online resources providing quick links to background information, legislation and guidance.

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  • Legal alerts
  • Briefings
  • Online articles
  • Useful links: legislation and guidance
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Legal Alert

Legal Alert is a monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.

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Briefings are four-page guides written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.



Discrimination against employees on any grounds other than their ability to do the job is a bad idea — and could also be illegal. If an employee or potential employee brings a discrimination case against your business, you could be tied up in costly and time-consuming legalities for months. If they win, you could be liable for unlimited damages.

Employment law: the basics


Employment law is a complex area that is full of pitfalls. Getting it right means keeping in touch with developments, thinking out your policies and implementing them with care.

Employment tribunals


Although some employees and employers can now choose to follow an alternative dispute resolution procedure, most employee complaints are still heard at an employment tribunal. You need to take tribunals seriously. If you have well-thought-out procedures, and follow them, you can prepare good evidence, making it easy to defend your actions.

Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.

Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Age at work: How should employers prepare for an ageing workforce

Advice on how employers should provide for an increasingly older British workforce, in areas such as training, health care and retirement planning.

Age concerns

British companies are facing new challenges in relation to dismissing employees based on retirement age.

Time to make the right decisions

The article discusses British court cases involving dismissals alleged to result from age discrimination.

Age concerns: how the Equality Act affects individual rights in the workplace

Russell Jones and Walker Solicitors explain the protection given by the legislation, what behaviour is prohibited and the exceptions and exemptions.

Useful links


Equality Act 2010
Full text of the Act as enacted and revised, with explanatory notes. The Act includes provisions that ban age discrimination against adults in the provision of services and public functions. The ban came into force on 1 October 2012.

Employment Act 2008
Full text of the Act as enacted and revised, with explanatory notes.

Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006
Full text of the Statutory Instrument 2006/1031 as enacted and revised, with explanatory notes.

This is not an exhaustive list of legislation relating to equality. The ICAEW Library holds numerous print publications on discrimination law and also subscribes to electronic databases with the complete text of UK legislation. For information on accessing these resources, please contact the Library.


Equality Act 2010: Guidance
Information on the equalities legislation including guidance on age discrimination.

Age discrimination ban in services and public functions: a guide for financial services
Quick start guide to help organisations understand how the band applies in relation to the provision of financial services.

New Equality Act guidance (EHRC)
Guidance and good practice from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, including information for employers and providers of services.

Discrimination and rights (Age UK)
Information and guidance from charity Age UK, including frequently asked questions on changes to the Default Retirement Age.

Age discrimination (Acas)
Guidance and a range of practical resources on the Equality Act 2010 from the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.


Older workers’ scheme to tackle age discrimination
The government has announced that it will be rolling out an ‘older workers’ champion scheme to tackle age discrimination from April 2015.

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