Plans revealed to outlaw ageist work practices

Government
proposals that could see millions of people working until they are 70 will be
unveiled today.

Under
the plans for tackling age discrimination, employers are set to be banned from
enforcing a retirement age below 70 and could face claims from older staff for
redundancy and unfair dismissal.

Trade
and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt is to unveil a consultation document on
the new proposals, designed to outlaw ageist advertising and workplace
practices.

Under
the new rules, due to come into force in 2006, employers would not be allowed
to stipulate the required ages for a job or to tell older employees they did
not qualify for training schemes.

By Ben Willmott

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