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.
>> 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'.