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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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Recruiting staff

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.

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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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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Useful links

Legislation

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.

Guidance

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.

Age discrimination
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.

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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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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ICAEW accepts no responsibility for the content on any site to which a hypertext link from this site exists. The links are provided ‘as is’ with no warranty, express or implied, for the information provided within them. Please see the full copyright and disclaimer notice.