Some new legislation came out in 2006 (The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006) which could well affect your company - here are some key facts:
- • Employers could be responsible for the acts of employees who discriminate on grounds of age. This makes it important for them to train staff about the regulations.
- • Upper age limits on unfair dismissal and redundancy have been removed.
- • There is a national default retirement age of 65, making compulsory retirement below 65 unlawful unless objectively justified.
- • Employees have the right to request to work beyond 65 or any other retirement age set by the company. The employer has a duty to consider such requests.
Are your staff aware of the legislation and Supervisors trained so know how to handle mature employees? Do your employment contracts and supporting documents adequately protect against age discrimination?
We can check all these things out for you in a Fidler & Pepper HR HealthCheck.