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Age discrimination

Equality legislation protects individuals from being discriminated on the basis of their age. On this page you can find articles, books and online resources providing information, legislation and guidance.

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  • Legal alerts
  • Acas guidance
  • 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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Acas guidance

Advice, guidance and practical resources on a wide variety of recruitment topics for both employers and employees, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas. Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.

Age and the workplace

Acas March 2014

Acas guidance for employers and individuals on legislation and best practice related to age in the workplace. Includes information on putting the Equality Act 2010 and the removal of the default retirement age (DRA) into practice.

Age discrimination


Acas guidance and practical resources on age discrimination and the Equality Act 2010. Covers the four main types of age discrimination.

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.

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The article offers advice on legislation related to human resources (HR) compliance in Great Britain. Topics include dealing with discrimination law, the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment Regulations (TUPE) related to service provision, and flexible working regulations. Also noted are employment law related to religion, shared parental leave (SPL) regulations, and the need for written records of employee discipline and grievance procedures..

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: 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 FAQs on changes to the Default Retirement Age

Articles and books in the Library collection

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