Recent cases reveal the complexity of potential discrimination in the area of age, says John Charlton.
Now in its sixth year, Seldon v Clarkson Wright & Jakes (CW&J), the case of former law firm senior partner Leslie Seldon, has shone so More...11 June 2012 09:00
Pensions minister Steve Webb has told Personnel Today that employers should not take the approach that it is "inevitable or excusable" for older workers to under-perform. In the run-up to the one-year anniversary of the introduction of transitional a More...03 April 2012 15:05
Physiotherapists are getting increasingly worried about the safety implications of workers, particularly those in the NHS or other physically demanding jobs, being asked to work until they are 68 years old.
But physiotherapists meeting for the Char More...26 February 2012 12:00
Far from removing the right of older workers to retire with dignity, Dr Matt Flynn believes that the abolition of the default retirement age (DRA) and the resultant focus on performance management will result in a more sympathetic workplace for the over More...20 October 2011 16:22
1 October 2011 sees the introduction of some key changes to employment law that organisations of all sizes need to be aware of. Read our guide to the changes and explore further information to help ensure that you are fully up to spe More...30 September 2011 12:32
One aspect of the proposed pension reforms, the need for people to work longer, has long been recognised. People are living longer, with life expectancy 10 years higher than it was in the 1970s. Pension pots, whether part of a public sector defined More...27 June 2011 10:11
Public sector workers have been told they must work until the age of 66 and increase their contributions in order to protect their pensions. The announcement, from Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, came ahead of a speech to the Instit More...17 June 2011 12:50
More than two-thirds of employers responding to the 2011 XpertHR retirement survey intend to allow their employees to retire whenever they wish, following the abolition of the default retirement age (DRA).
The survey also found that, out of 157 More...31 May 2011 11:02
Not exactly sure which legislation is being introduced this week? Personnel Today provides guidance for employers on the changes to employment law in force from April 2011. Legal changes include: the beginning of the transitional period for the aboli More...06 April 2011 06:00
Employer groups have largely welcomed the phasing out of the default retirement age (DRA), which begins today (6 April).
Organisations will no longer be able to give employees notice of retirement under DRA provisions and will need to objectively ju More...06 April 2011 00:00
More than half (52%) of employers expect that additional paternity leave requirements, which come into force today (Sunday), will be damaging to their business. This is according to a survey of 1,300 organisations by the British Chambers of Commerce More...03 April 2011 00:01
I've heard that the default retirement age (DRA) is being scrapped soon. What do I need to be aware of, and how can I retire employees once the DRA has gone?
The DRA will be phased out from 6 April 2011, meaning that you will no longer be able to as More...23 March 2011 09:56
The abolition of the default retirement age (DRA) and the advent of flexible retirement could signal the end of pensions as we know them.
Traditionally, pension schemes have been about retirement and death benefits. In the new world of prolonged wor More...22 March 2011 09:07
The abolition of the default retirement age will have several knock-on effects for employers. John Charlton points out what is most at risk. With the ramifications of the default retirement age (DRA) approaching at a speed of knots, employers face man More...08 March 2011 12:19
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has confirmed that it is amending details on age limits in the draft Regulations for the removal of the default retirement age (DRA).
For the latest developments please read t More...01 March 2011 12:24
Employment law experts have condemned the Government's handling of the abolition of the default retirement age (DRA) amid claims that the forthcoming Regulations, which become law in just six weeks, are confusing for employers and could leave them open More...18 February 2011 15:02
Changes to the Acas guidance on the removal of the default retirement age (DRA) have caused confusion over the notice period that employers will have to provide under the transitional arrangements.
Acas currently states in its guidance that the la More...16 February 2011 16:52
The abolition of the default retirement age (DRA) has been a long time coming. Sian Thomas, director of social enterprise organisation Synuron, examines why there have been calls to delay it and offers practical guidance on how to prepare. This More...14 January 2011 10:31
The Pensions Bill, which will introduce auto-enrolment and bring forward a rise in state pension age, has been described as "good news for businesses" by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Employers will be required to automatically en More...13 January 2011 16:52
The Government has confirmed that the Default Retirement Age (DRA) will be phased out from April this year, despite calls from business groups to delay the process. Currently, employers can use the DRA to compulsorily retire workers when they reach t More...13 January 2011 13:03