Govt launches clampdown on age discrimination

by Sarah Ashcroft

A series of new measures to clamp down on age discrimination have been unveiled by the government, which may encourage companies to seek employment law advice.

Some companies will be able to offer age-specific services, such as free bus passes for over-60s, but others will have their operations put under greater scrutiny.

Equalities minister Lynne Featherstone commented: "It's high time we put an end to outdated stereotypes based on age and recognised the valuable contributions that people of all ages can make to our society and economy."

She emphasised that the new employment law will come into force in April next year, with firms needing to provide ample evidence for their decisions if age discrimination is apparent in their operations.

Rachel Krys, director of Inclusive Employers, recently said that many organisations are seeking to diversify their workforces by taking on older members of staff, showing a shift in values.

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Published on: March 18, 2011

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