What is positive discrimination?

There are legitimate steps you can take to ensure a more diverse workplace, but it’s important to understand what amounts to positive discrimination as well as how it differs from positive action. Defining positive discrimination Positive discrimination is the act… Read on

Can I be forced to retire?

The default age at which people used to retire was 65 years. However, there is no such thing as a ‘compulsory retirement age’ anymore. Theoretically, you can carry on working for as long as you want. However, there are some… Read on

Age discrimination: Ben Power published in The Times law pages

Ben Power’s article “Age discrimination is still the same old problem” was published in the prestigious law pages of The Times newspaper on 2 August 2018. Ben’s article discusses the conundrum of balancing equality for older workers against fairness for… Read on

39% of over 50s prefer flexible working before retirement

Following the UK’s silver workforce gaining the right to request flexible working last summer (recap here), a Government poll just published shows that 39% of over 50s not currently retired said that working part time or flexible hours before stopping… Read on

Was compulsory retirement at 70 legal?

Yes, said the employment tribunal in White v Ministry of Justice. Background Mr White was a retired circuit judge. He claimed that the Ministry of Justice’s statutory requirement to retire at age 70 was age discrimination. He argued that, at… Read on

Forced retirement at 65 legal?

In this judgment – probably the final chapter of the long-running Seldon case – the EAT held that the compulsory retirement age at 65 could be justified, and therefore legal. Background Because compulsory retirement at the age of 65 amounts… Read on

Silver workforce gain the right to request flexible working

From today, 30 June 2014, all employees with at least 26 weeks’ continuous service gain the right to request flexible working irrespective of child or dependent caring responsibilities. We anticipate employers will see a significant increase in requests particularly from… Read on

Football referee an employee?

Should a football referee be considered an employee under the Employment Rights Act 1996? No, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal, in the recent case of Conroy v the Scottish Football Association. Background In this case Mr Conroy, the… Read on

Forcing early retirement unlawful

Was the police force allowed to retire a large number of its officers early to save costs? No, according to an Employment Tribunal in the recent case of Harrod v Midlands Police. Background In order to meet the government’s budget… Read on