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Age is just a number?

The new British Prime Minister is aged 59, so why do so many people over the age of 50 find it hard to get the job they deserve, due to their age and experience, when one of the most important and difficult jobs has gone to someone who is nearly 60.

The Equality Act 2010 has made it unlawful to discriminate against employees, job seekers and trainees because of age and employers must be aware of this.

There are four main types of age discrimination:-

  1. Direct discrimination

  2. Indirect discrimination

  3. Harassment

  4. Victimisation

The Act says there are no upper age limits on unfair dismissal and redundancy.

Employers should ensure they have policies in place which are designed to prevent age discrimination in:

  • recruitment

  • determining pay, and terms and conditions of employment

  • training and development

  • selection for promotion

  • discipline and grievances

  • countering bullying and harassment

  • when an employee is dismissed.

If you would like us to produce policies, procedures, contracts and employee handbooks to ensure that you are legally compliant contact or ring 07946 541606

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