The next government has been urged to address HR chiefs' concerns over scrapping or raising the default retirement age (DRA) after an exclusive poll has revealed that three-quarters of the profession do not want to see the legislation change More...10 May 2010 00:01
A police officer in his 60s who was prevented from applying for a promotion because he did not hold a degree has lost his appeal for indirect age discrimination.
Mr Homer, a legal adviser at the Police National Legal Database (PNLD), applied for a h More...29 April 2010 15:41
Two of the three main political parties have now pledged to scrap the default retirement age (DRA) should they win the general election in May.
The Liberal Democrats Manifesto 2010, published today, promises to remove the DRA entirely to enable ol More...14 April 2010 10:23
Labour has pledged to scrap the default retirement age (DRA) of 65 should the party win the general election.
In its 2010 election manifesto, published today, Labour pledges "a right to request flexible working for older workers, with an end to de More...12 April 2010 13:42
The BBC needs more over-50s in its programmes, according to the Anchor Trust, the UK's largest provider of housing and care for older people.
An 'older faces audit', commissioned by the Anchor Trust, found that only 20% of presenters and actors on B More...22 March 2010 08:59
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has expressed concerns about older people being trapped in long-term unemployment.
With the next unemployment statistics due out tomorrow (Wednesday), the TUC said it will be looking closely at the figures.
S More...16 March 2010 08:38
Serial litigants have been dealt a blow after a tribunal ruled job applications must be genuine before a claimant can suffer statutory discrimination.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruled in the case of Keane v Investigo and others that Ma More...09 March 2010 16:18
Keane v Investigo and others Facts M E Keane is an experienced accountant, now aged 51. Over a short period in mid-2007, she responded to at least 20 adverts, posted online, for accounting jobs. In each case, the ads made clear that the job w More...08 March 2010 11:05
An Equality Bill amendment calling for the default retirement age (DRA) to be scrapped by the end of next year was withdrawn for the second time yesterday after the Leader of the House of Lords said the government would take action on the DR More...03 March 2010 10:50
A hairdresser has been told she cannot advertise for a 'junior stylist' because it would be ageist.
Michelle Hilling, the boss of the U hairdressing salon in Newcastle, wanted to place the advert with Jobcentre Plus but was told by a member of staff More...15 February 2010 16:29
HR news and analysis including:
Comment on the new fit note from Dame Carol Black and shadow welfare reform minister David Freud
The latest developments in the default retirement age saga.
Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Mike Berry.   More...12 February 2010 16:00
A controversial job ad for "cool and good-looking" staff at a major high-street retailer leaves the company wide open to tribunal claims, experts have warned.
American-based clothes store Abercrombie & Fitch is due to open its first store in Abe More...11 February 2010 15:51
Any announcement on the future of the default retirement age (DRA) will not be made until the summer, the government has said.
Speaking at an Employers Forum on Age (EFA) conference in London yesterday (10 February), employment relations minister L More...11 February 2010 12:21
Employees who have suffered discrimination are entitled to receive 'stigma damages' because they will undoubtedly struggle to find new work, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
In the case of Chagger v Abbey National (2009), the court held that new emp More...08 February 2010 10:17
A few generations ago the healthy life expectancy of anyone reaching 65 was just a handful of years, but those retiring today can hope to live for 20 years or more.
Such progress is fantastic, and also forces us to rethink our approach to our worki More...05 February 2010 14:40
A former Countryfile presenter is alleging sex and age discrimination against the BBC after being dropped from the rural affairs programme. Miriam O'Reilly, 52, was one of four women in their 40s and 50s told in November 2008 they were being axed f More...04 February 2010 08:43
Since the government's close shave in the Heyday case, where it narrowly succeeded in defending the default retirement age (DRA) , there has been growing pressure to review the current rules.
It was the Department for Work and Pensions which More...03 February 2010 11:38
A BBC presenter who was cut from a rural affairs programme along with other women in their forties and fifties is to sue the BBC for age discrimination.
Miriam O’Reilly and three other women were told in November 2008 that they were being removed More...02 February 2010 09:54
A bid to scrap enforced retirement at the age of 65 through an amendment to the Equality Bill has collapsed after the amendment was withdrawn.
The amendment to abolish the default retirement age (DRA) was tabled by Anthony Lester, a Liberal Dem More...29 January 2010 08:57
HR directors have backed calls for forced retirement at 65 to be scrapped using the Equality Bill on the condition that employers receive at least one year's notice of the abolition.
With the government intent on getting the Equality Bill on More...25 January 2010 11:46