Employers should review their policies, criteria and procedures (PCPs) to ensure they do not indirectly discriminate against particular groups of employees on the basis of a protected characteristic, following a recent case. The ruling makes it easier for employees to bring indirect discrimination claims in those circumstances.
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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Case law: Employers discriminate if they don't offer an older employee voluntary redundancy because it will cost more
Employers should consider whether their decision not to offer an older employee voluntary redundancy is because they will be entitled to more compensation than a younger employee. If it is, they risk an age discrimination claim.
A limited company which was a member of a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) could bring an age discrimination claim when it was discriminated against by the LLP on grounds of its shareholder/director's age, the court has ruled.
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This chapter of the Handbook looks at the process of staff recruitment including: preparing a job description; how to recruit; interviewing and other selection methods; avoiding discrimination; making a job offer; and rejecting candidates.
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.
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.
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.
Age and the workplace
Acas guidance on applying the Equality Act 2010.
Acas resources on age discrimination. Covers the four main types of age discrimination.
New Equality Act guidance (EHRC)
Guidance and good practice from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, including information for employers and providers of services.
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