In Chief Constable of West Midlands Police and others v Harrod and others, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) dismissed police officers' claims for indirect discrimination on the ground of age.
Police officers brought the claims after use of the A19 rule increased after budgets were substantially cut from 2010. Regulation A19 of the Police Pensions Regulations 1987 allows police forces to require a police officer of the rank of chief superintendent or below to retire "in the general interests of efficiency".
For an officer to be retired under reg.A19, he or she must have served at least 30 years and be entitled to a pension of two-thirds of his or her pensionable pay.
The EAT judgment overturns the employment tribunal decision in Harrod and others v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police and others. The employment tribunal had held that the practice of requiring the retirement of police officers under the A19 rule is not a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim.
Updated to include information on the Government's response to its consultation on reforms to public-sector exit payments.
The autumn months promise to be a busy period for HR practitioners as they get to grips with a host of employment law changes. Bar Huberman sets out the top 10 upcoming legislative changes that employers need to be ready for, even though many implementation dates have yet to be confirmed.
The Law Commission consults on reforming the offence of misconduct in public office.
The timetable for gender pay gap reporting in the public sector has been announced, with the Government largely intending to mirror the private-sector regime.
Updated to include information on the draft code of practice on the English language requirement for public-sector workers, published on 21 July 2016.
Updated to include a reference to the Government's proposal to reform the structure of, and rename, the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
With Government policy restricting the level of pay awards in the public sector in 2015/16 to an average of up to 1%, settlements across the sector have remained subdued and the Conservative Government has made clear its determination to continue this approach for the coming four years.
The Government consults on its proposals for implementing apprenticeship targets for public bodies in England.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employers in the police service.
Andrew Marston worked for Greater Manchester Police as HR director (from 1995 to 2005) and assistant chief officer HR (from 2005 to 2008). He runs Andrew Marston Consulting Ltd.