Age Discrimination in Employment by Malcolm Sargeant

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By Malcolm Sargeant

Malcolm Sargeant's Age Discrimination in Employment is an encyclopaedic consultant for HR experts and employment attorneys to the character of age discrimination within the place of work in a few nations, besides a dialogue of the most thrust of employment legislations during this quarter, together with an research of the Employment Equality (Age) laws 2006. It additionally breaks discrimination down by means of age (discrimination opposed to younger, heart, previous and senior age staff) and explores a number of discrimination, together with age and gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and incapacity.

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The Directive allowed Member States to apply for an extension of up to three years from the original implementation date of 2 December 2003 ‘in order to take account of particular conditions’. The United Kingdom amongst others took an extension with the result that in the United Kingdom there was a final implementation date of December 2006. All UK Governments, prior to the adoption of the Equal Treatment in Employment and Occupation Directive, consistently opposed all attempts to introduce legislation on any aspect of age discrimination in employment.

The report then recommended more positive action by the Government and also considered the issue of voluntarism or legislation. It stated that the evidence internationally was not conclusive, but also pointed out that it would be equally difficult to demonstrate conclusively the impact of other anti-discrimination legislation. The conclusion was that age discrimination legislation would have a ‘positive effect on British culture and would build, as other discrimination Acts have, on a growing sense of public interest and concern about the issue.

Opportunity Age was a document published by the UK Government9 to set out its framework strategy for managing the demographic change which is predicted for the United Kingdom. The background to this strategy, according to the document, is that: firstly, people are living longer so that the average man, by 2051, of 65 years will have a further 22 years of life compared with only 12 years in 1950; secondly, long term improvements in health mean that more people will survive until the age of 65 years; finally, there is a long-term decline in the birth rate as people choose to have fewer children or none at all.

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