Age Discrimination in Employment

Author: Malcolm Sargeant
Price: £65
Publisher: Gower Publishing
Pages: 233
ISBN: 0566087745


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This well-written book comes at a time when the new UK law on age discrimination is causing confusion for many employers. The author is a professor of labour law at Middlesex University, and his academic background is apparent in the amount of research, use of hard data, and presentation used in this book.


The eight chapters explain what age discrimination is, the UK and European perspectives, discrimination in the workplace, retirement, what is happening in other countries, and how age discrimination is also linked to other discriminatory practice.


The book also looks at the 2006 regulations themselves.


With its comprehensive coverage of the subject, this book is valuable to HR practitioners, especially the policy makers.


Sargeant has taken the hard work out of researching the new legislation by doing it for the reader. Perhaps the book’s high price reflects the value for money the reader gains from the time that will be saved. However, I wish the publisher had abandoned this nicely produced text for a softback version, so it would be affordable for more people. Issues in this book are time sensitive and it could soon be out of date as more case results provide interpretations of the age discrimination regulations.


The information in the book is an eye-opener to what is occurring across industry. In the UK, age regulations cover discrimination of all ages, including young workers, whereas in the US, the legislation is only for employees who are 40 years of age or older, which is something I didn’t know before. If you’re worried that you don’t know as much as you should, get this book.


Useful? Four out of five stars
Well-written? Four out of five stars
Practical? Four out of five stars
Inspirational? Three out of five stars
Value for money? Four out of five stars
Overall? Three out of five stars


Reviewed by Keith Lawson, lecturer on business and management in the UK and consultant to the voluntary sector

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