Second survey of employers’ policies, practices and preferences relating to age, 2010

Second survey of employers’ policies, practices and preferences relating to age, 2010
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Metcalff, Hilary; Meadows, Pamela
Date of publication
1 July 2010
Employment Relations Research Series
People management: all aspects of managing people, Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Business and management
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In October 2006, the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 (EE(A)R) came into force in the UK, making unjustified age discrimination in employment and vocational training unlawful. Prior to the implementation of the EE(A)R, the Department of Work and Pensions and the Department of Trade and Industry (a forerunner of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) commissioned a study of employers' policies, practices and preferences which had an age dimension. (SEPPP1)1. This report presents the findings of a second survey aimed at: 

  1. identifying employers’ current policies, practices and attitudes relating to age, particularly those covered by the (EE(A)R)
  2. assess changes since the first survey (SEPPP1 in 2006)
  3. assess changes due to the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006;
  4. provide evidence for the review of the Default Retirement Age (DRA).

In addition, the study aimed to identify:

  1. how well respondents believed they understood the EE(A)R and their perceived need for further information
  2. sources of information on employment legislation.

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