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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.

What's on this page?

  • Legal alerts
  • Briefings
  • Online articles
  • Useful links: legislation and guidance
  • Articles and books from the Library

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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 from Atom Content Marketing written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.

Access knowledge and networks


Whether you need help developing your technology, want to improve your skills or are looking for new distribution channels, networking and forging the right alliances can give you the knowhow you need.



Advertising can be an effective way of communicating with large numbers of target customers in well-defined market segments.

Apply for environmental grants, loans and awards


If you are considering making your business more environmentally responsible, a variety of grants, loans and government-sponsored initiatives can help you. The support on offer can range from funding towards new energy-efficient equipment to free consultations providing practical business advice and awards that you can use to boost your marketing efforts

An internet policy for your employees


The internet is essential for doing business. However, it can also be a great way for employees to waste time, cause security issues, or give you legal headaches.

Balance business and family responsibilities


Running your own business can be extremely demanding. It is even more challenging when you have family responsibilities to meet, such as bringing up children, caring for a child with disabilities or looking after elderly parents or relatives.

Basic IT management for start-ups


Businesses rely on information technology (IT) in almost everything they do. It lets you create reports, manage your accounts, communicate with suppliers and customers and connect with the outside world via email and the internet. More sophisticated uses can include designing products, controlling stock and selling online.

Being sued


Accidents, mistakes and misunderstandings can happen in any business. Sometimes these grow into full-blown disputes, and before you know it, you are facing a legal claim.

Being a treasurer


An effective treasurer is a vital part of running a community organisation. But taking on the role is a significant responsibility, with even the smallest organisations facing financial red tape and tax regulations.

Be more self-confident and assertive


One of the most dependable ways to develop a successful business is to have a firm belief in who you are, what you are doing and in the services or products that you offer.



Benchmarking compares your business to similar companies. At its simplest, it helps you to compare statistics and control costs. More sophisticated benchmarking looks at process design and business strategy.

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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.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post, fax or email through our document supply service.

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