Research carried out by The Equal Opportunities Review has revealed that almost half of employers do not have an age diversity/age discrimination policy despite impending changes in legislation.
All changes in legislation must be implemented by December 2006 and in order to comply with the measures, employers will have to review all of their employment practices for age discrimination, including: recruitment, promotion, retirement, redundancy and their systems for unfair dismissal and performance appraisal.
In light of the extent of the policy review the government
had promised to allow employers a two-year preparation period. However they have failed to publish draft regulations on age legislation this spring so employers are left in the dark.
Equal Opportunities Review, writer/researcher Kate Godwin said:
“Many employers reported that they were delaying changes because they were waiting to see the detail of the new legislation. The recent delay by the government in publishing draft Regulations has increased employer uncertainty and further shortened what was already a tight timescale.
“Although 2006 may seem a long way off, employers need to take action to combat possible future discrimination claims. If employers do not adapt their policies, they could be facing costly but avoidable court cases brought forward by disgruntled staff or potential employees.”
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