Guide to the Age Discrimination Regulations 200

Author: John Sprack
Price: £28
Publisher: Tottel Publishing
Pages: 301
ISBN: 1845923073

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Disappointingly, half of this book is made up of a copy of the regulations together with a copy of the Acas guide for employers, which are both freely available online. To its credit, however, the other half is of interest where it discusses the new legislation.

John Sprack talks you through the age regulations in a logical way – from the rationale behind the concept of age discrimination, the legislative drivers and the fundamentals of discrimination law, through its practical application, to breaches and remedies.

The new regulations are compared and contrasted against existing law so that, while gaining an understanding of the new age discrimination law, you’re also being refreshed on the existing legislation.

It gets a bit technical in places, but this is to be expected considering the subject matter. Sprack does keep the language as simple as possible, and deals with the age discrimination laws in a basic way. Anyone reading this book will be able to understand the implications of the new law, from the HR generalist through to an employment law specialist.

Despite being quite a dry topic, Sprack actually manages to make the book almost compelling reading by writing in an interesting and entertaining way. The book is well laid out, so serves as a useful reference source. Short chapters, clear subheadings and bulleted lists break up the text.

The book also contains example scenarios, which are clearly identified. These help explain the application of the new law as well as tackling potential issues – and loopholes – in a way that can easily be appreciated.

Useful? 4 out of 5

Well-written? 3 out of 5

Practical? 4 out of 5

Inspirational? 3 out of 5

Value for money? 4  out of 5

Overall 4  out of 5

Reviewed by Alison Norris, HR consultancy manager, MHL Support

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