Editor's message: The law on age discrimination is set out in the Equality Act 2010, which prohibits direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation because of age. While much of the law on age discrimination mirrors the law on discrimination on the other protected grounds, it is unique in one respect; unlike any other type of direct discrimination, direct age discrimination can be justified where it is shown to be a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim.
The issue of justification is also relevant in the context of retirement. Employers cannot operate a compulsory retirement procedure in respect of employees of any age unless it can be justified. The reality is that employers will be able to justify compulsory retirement at a particular age only in exceptional circumstances.
Ellie Gelder, employment law editor
In this week's podcast, we explore the steps that you can take to reduce the risk of having an indirectly discriminatory provision, criterion or practice. We also discuss what to take into account when deciding whether or not indirect discrimination can be justified.
Firefighters have lost their claim that the introduction of the 2015 Firefighters' Pension Scheme was discriminatory.
Updated to include information on Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd, a personal injury case that may have implications for discriminatory behaviour by employees towards colleagues or third parties.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that police forces' use of Regulation A19, which required police officers with more than 30 years' pensionable service to retire, did not amount to age discrimination.
We discuss common assumptions about millennial employees and provide guidance on managing an intergenerational workforce.
An employment tribunal has ruled that the Government discriminated against more than 200 judges when it implemented the transitional provisions for the new judicial pension scheme.
Firefighters have challenged the Government and fire service employers on the introduction of the 2015 Firefighters' Pension Scheme at an employment tribunal hearing that began week beginning 9 January.
Cases on appeal provides news on key case law developments that are expected.
We round up three recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) judgments about discrimination. The ECJ has recently considered: temporary incapacity caused by a workplace accident in Barcelona; the recruitment age limit for Basque police officers; and survivors' pensions for same-sex partners in Ireland.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to age discrimination.