age discrimination

Retirement Age should be Scrapped

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has criticised the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) recent decision to keep the mandatory retirement age of 65, saying it is discriminatory and should be scrapped. An Advocate–General, a senior legal adviser to the ECJ, has rejected a challenge by charity Age Concern to current UK retirement laws which allow employers to force staff to retire at 65. Commenting on the case, CIPD diversity adviser Dianah Worman said: “The default retirement age should be scrapped — it leads to lazy management, not just of people at the retirement age, but of those approaching it.” “Employers who continue to engage, develop and motivate their older employees, rather than allowing them to coast towards an inevitabl... »

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Mature Workers fill Skills Gap

More than 60 per cent of small firms have increased the number of mature workers they employ over the last 12 months, as they cannot find the skills they need in younger recruits, according to employment law firm Peninsula. The research also revealed that 77 per cent of small firms found mature workers to be more loyal and reliable than their younger colleagues, and 78 per cent believed older workers to be effective mentors for younger employees. According to British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) spokesman, Sam Turvey: “At a time when we’re missing key skills among the younger generation, mature workers can add real value to businesses and also contribute by bringing through younger employees,” Since October 2006, age discrimination regulations have made it illegal to treat ... »