What does the law say?

New law in force

The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.

A ban on age discrimination in services, public functions and associations came into effect on 1 October 2012. 

Legislation relating to age discrimination includes the following:

The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006
This legislation effective from October 2006 means that employers can no longer discriminate against employees on grounds of age.

Age Positive, part of DWP, has kindly given us permission to present some of their publications on our website, since the Commission has not yet produced its own publications about discrimination on the grounds of age.

These guides to the 21st Century workforce cover all areas of employment – from recruitment and retention, to flexible working and retirement – helping everyone involved in employment get the best out of people of all ages. To download these publications, see Related documents.

Age Regulations legal challenge (the 'Heyday' case)

The charity Age Concern and Help the Aged (Age UK) sought a judicial review of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 just after the Regulations were published.  The case against the UK Government argues that the Age Regulations had improperly implemented the EU’s 2000 Equal Treatment Directive by including a national default retirement age applicable to all UK workers.  For more information on the progress of the 'Heyday' case see Legal updates.

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