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This podcast is aimed at those involved in employment law and interested in discrimination law. It addresses some of the key legislative and case law developments in the sphere of age discrimination in the last 12 months. Much of the podcast focuses on the changes made to the UK’s default retirement regime and how employers are going to need to react to is abolition. The podcast also considers a number of interesting recent cases that may suggest a direction of travel for the UK jurisprudence.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the changes that have been made to the UK’s default retirement age;
  • Understand how the structure of anti-age discrimination legislation works;
  • Be aware of the special status of age among other protected characteristics;
  • Understand the growing role of performance management when considering retirement issues;
  • Understand how employers may continue to retire workers under an EJRA;
  • Be aware how age discrimination might be justified on the basis of a genuine occupational requirement;
  • Understand the dangers of using age as a proxy for competence, health and fitness;
  • Understand the importance of finding a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim;
  • Be aware of a number of interesting UK cases on age discrimination and what they tell us about the importance of evidence for assertions about age and retirement.
Intermediate Difficulty: 3 of 5
Case Update
Legal Principles
Sources and References:
  • Equality Act 2010;
  • Age Regulations 2006;
  • Wolf (Social policy) [2010] EUECJ (C-229/08);
  • Bamber v Greater Manchester Police (ET/2401829/09, 13 Apr 2011);
  • Homer v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police [2010] EWCA Civ 419;
  • Seldon v Clarkson Wright & Jakes (A Partnership) & Anor [2010] EWCA Civ 899;
  • Pulham & Ors v London Borough of Barking & Dagenham [2009] UKEAT (0516_08_2810);
  • R (on the application of Age UK) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills & Ors [2009] EWHC 2336.

This podcast examines both the UK and European case law and legislative developments on age discrimination. Part one focuses on the UK, examining issues of lawful retirement of workers after the abolition of the DRA. Part two addresses how age discrimination and retirement is dealt with on the continent and the key points of contrast with the UK approach.

Podcast added: 08/09/2011

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