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What is the equal treatment framework?...
What is the equal treatment framework?

It's one of those horribly obscure-sounding European Union directives, but the equal treatment framework will have a huge impact on the jobs market here. The directive takes effect in October and from that month age discrimination will become illegal.

The Department for Work & Pensions has come up with key points for employers.

These include:

>> The regulations cover people of all ages

>> Upper age limits for unfair dismissal and redundancy will be removed

>> A national retirement age of 65 will be introduced, making compulsory retirement below this age unlawful

>> All staff have the right to request to work beyond the age of 65 and employers have a duty to consider this right

>> The regulations cover employment and vocational training. This includes access to help and guidance, recruitment, promotion, development, termination, perks and pay.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development says organisations

should consider using older staff or 'retirees' as 'mentors to pass on experience and develop other employees through use of their knowledge'.

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