Ageism - a new threat to businesses
Jan 1, 2010
A recent marketing survey revealed that ageism is the most common form of discrimination in the work place. Of those questioned, 38% said they had been subject to age related discriminated in the workplace. That statistic could translate into a flurry of claims when anti-age discrimination laws come into force later this year.
The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 were laid before Parliament on 9 March and will come into effect on 1 October 2006. From that date it will be unlawful to discriminate against someone on the basis of his/her age in practically all areas of the employment field.
Leading experts have identified 7 areas where the regulations will have a significant impact:
- Young Workers
- Pay & Benefits (including policies and practices)
- Unfair Dismissal
- Pensions & Retirement
The above categories cover just about any employment scenario so it is unlikely that any firm will escape the impact of the new legislation. We recommend that now is the time to review working practices and procedures, to consider whether documentation is in order, and whether managers need some extra training to avoid making potentially expensive "gaffes" when hiring or firing employees.
The Government have set up a website that provides information and assistance:
Alternatively, businesses can obtain further guidance by contacting us or calling 01422 358525.