Age discrimination laws will widen skills pool says employers’ group

The Chemical Industries Association (CIA) has welcomed the government’s age discrimination proposals that will see over 65s receiving the same rights to unfair dismissal and redundancy payments as younger workers.

The legislation, which is set to enforce a duty for employers to consider an employee’s request to continue working beyond retirement, will ban all age discrimination relating to recruitment, promotion, and training.

Simon Marsh, director of employment relations at the CIA, said: “While this legislation will present challenges for all employers, it also offers a fantastic opportunity to revolutionise the way in which this country organises work and views its workforce.

“We have long called for employers to be allowed to recruit and retain their workforce from the widest possible pool of people. These proposals will help us do just that.”

The CIA is a trade and employers’ organisation, with a membership with more than 150 companies.

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