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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. Includes information on retirement age.

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Bloomsbury Core Accounting and Tax Service

Eligible firms have free access to Bloomsbury Professional's comprehensive online library, comprising more than 60 titles from some of the country's leading tax and accounting subject matter experts. Find out who is eligible and how you can access the Core Accounting and Tax Service.

Discrimination during employment

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Accountants Legal Service Bloomsbury Professional 2021

A chapter on discrimination, covering the Equality Act 2010, harassment, victimisation, responsibility for employees and agents, the Codes of Practice, time limits and procedures, discrimination claims, compensation and other remedies and claims beyond the reach of discrimination legislation.

Recruitment

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Accountants Legal Service Bloomsbury Professional 2021

A chapter on recruitment in this reference guide for accountants faced with an unfamiliar legal problem or query. Includes sections on data protection and discrimination against job applicants.

Discrimination

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CMS Pensions Team Pensions Law Handbook Bloomsbury Professional 2021

A chapter on discrimination within the context of UK pensions law, covering the Equality Act 2010, sex discrimination/equal pay, age discrimination, same-sex partners, gender reassignment, temporary workers, disability discrimination, religion or belief discrimination, race discrimination, insurance and relevant case law.

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Discrimination

These ten sections of the chapter on employment cover discrimination - the Equality Act 2010 replaced all previous discrimination legislation. Discrimination on the basis of: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion and belief; sex; and sexual orientation is outlawed. In addition discrimination against people with criminal records, part-time workers, fixed-term workers and agency workers is also covered.

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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.

 

Retirement

Acas guidance on retirement and retirement ages

Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Is age the last workplace taboo? Despite people living - and working - for longer, employers are still landing in legal hot water, and missing out on vital talent

The article reports on the prevalence of age discrimination in the workplace in Great Britain. Topics discussed include the percentage of the country's workforce aged over 50, the challenges of recruiting and retaining an experienced and skilled workforce, and the need for businesses to adopt a zero tolerance policy towards age discrimination

Unconscious bias: what's age got to do with it?

The article reports on unconscious biases towards older employees in the workplace. Unconscious biases are deeply held attitudes that could include race, gender, appearance, social class, etc., and can influence and undermine recruiting efforts, talent development, and promotability. It is said that depending on one's pre-existing attitudes about age, it is possible to have an unconscious bias about age.

More than a number

The article discusses age discrimination in employee hiring practices among businesses in the United States. Topics include the contradicting interests of businesses in employees with experience and those raised in the age of online technology, the benefits of higher productivity rates, lower turnover, and a larger candidate pool from multigenerational workforces, and an increase in age discrimination lawsuits.

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Age discrimination

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Advice and guidance from the EHRC on age discrimination, including different types of age discrimination and circumstances where age discrimination is unlawful

Age discrimination

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Factsheets, Q&As and case law on preventing age discrimination in the workplace from CIPD. Registration required to access content.

Age discrimination and retirement

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Questions answers on the key legal issues relating to age discrimination and retirement from CIPD.

Discrimination and rights

Age UK Group

Information and guidance from charity Age UK on ageism, the Equality Act, human rights and rights at work.

Equality act 2010: guidance

Government Equalities Office, Equality and Human Rights Commission February 2013, updated January 2015

Government Information and guidance on the Equality Act 2010, including age discrimination and public sector Equality Duty.

Retirement age

Age UK Group

Q&As from Age UK on the scrapping of the default retirement age in 2011

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