LRD Booklets October 2006

Age discrimination - a guide to the new regulations

Introduction (782 words)

The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 (SI 1031/2006) and the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 (SR 2006/261) came into force on 1 ...

1. Who is covered by the regulations? (659 words)

The age equality regulations cover employment and vocational training but, unlike other equality legislation, do not cover the provision of goods and services. ...

2. What is age discrimination? (1933 words)

The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations make it unlawful to discriminate against an individual on grounds of their age in relation to any of the ...

3. Exceptions and exemptions (924 words)

In addition to the general exemption allowing "objective justification" (see Chapter 2), the regulations set out a number of general exceptions that will not ...

4. Recruitment, promotion and training (855 words)

Regulation 7 makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate when determining who to offer employment to, or the terms on which employment is offered ...

5. Length-of-service benefits (940 words)

Any employment benefits based on a worker's age are potentially discriminatory - and the same applies to benefits based on length of service, as ...

6. Redundancy payments (1032 words)

Until the age regulations came into effect, if an employee was made redundant and was covered by the statutory redundancy scheme, the redundancy pay ...

7. Unfair dismissal and retirement (3740 words)

The regulations have removed the upper age limit for bringing a claim of unfair dismissal. Previously, an employee who had reached the normal retirement ...

8. Pensions (598 words)

The age equality regulations make it unlawful for employers and pension scheme managers or trustees to discriminate against members or potential members of a ...

9. Claims and remedies (1135 words)

Claims under the age regulations, including those relating to pensions, are brought in an employment tribunal (the industrial tribunal in Northern Ireland). ...

10. Overseeing the regulations (382 words)

The Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) will be the statutory body responsible for promoting age equality and overseeing the age regulations in ...

Further information (273 words)

The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 are available on the Office of Public Sector Information website at www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2006/20061031.htm ...