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QWhat is the Government planning to do in respect of age discrimination?

AThe Government is committed to introducing legislation outlawing age discrimination. The proposals, which are due to come into force on October 1, 2006, will outlaw direct and indirect age discrimination. The Government has begun consultation on its key proposals as follows:

* Compulsory retirement ages will be outlawed unless they are justified. The Government is consulting on whether, in exceptional cases, employers should be able to justify mandatory retirement ages and on whether there should be a default retirement age of 70, after which no justification would be required. There will also be no upper age limit on the right to claim unfair dismissal.

* Decisions on recruitment, selection and promotion based on age, including applying an age limit on recruitment, will be unlawful unless they can be justified.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 7, 2003
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