The government yesterday confirmed that it would be introducing legislation to tackle age discrimination at work (although it will be the next parliament -whoever it is - that brings in the legislation).
This is pursuant to the EC Equal Treatment Framework Directive that requires all member states to prohibit age discrimination in employment by December 2006 (see bulletin 5/12/00).
An 'Age Advisory Group' was also announced yesterday, which has been set up to advise the government. The first step, after the Group's initial report, will to be embark on a wide consultation procedure to determine the scope of legislation. The government has postulated that such legislation might include outlawing internal corporate retirement ages if they are lower than the state retirement age.