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Age Discrimination Regulations – a different point of view?

Although amendments to the Age Discrimination Regulations suggest that the lockstep system in law firms is safe, there is still plenty for partnerships to consider before the regulations become law in October 2006. By Rowan Williams, partner, BDO Stoy Hayward

25 May 2006

Although amendments to the Age Discrimination Regulations suggest that the lockstep system in law firms is safe, there is still plenty for partnerships to consider before the regulations become law in October 2006.

By Rowan Williams, partner, BDO Stoy Hayward

In just a few months it will be illegal to discriminate against people at work on grounds of age. Heralded as the biggest change in employment rights since the Disability Discrimination Act ten years ago, the Age Discrimination Regulations are set to come into force in October 2006.

The new regime will ban age discrimination in promotion, recruitment and training; outlaw unjustified retirement below the age of 65; and remove the age limit for unfair dismissal and redundancy rights, although the current age-banded system remains.

While much has already been written about the content of the regulations, the main concerns for professional partnerships seem to be the...

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