With the default retirement age likely to be removed, employers should be more wary than ever of the risks of ignoring ageism in the workplace, says Emmanuelle Ries

In January 2010, statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that while unemployment has fallen generally among workers in the 50-plus age bracket‚ unemployment increased over the last quarter of 2009. This article looks at the state of existing legislation on age discrimination in the UK and in France to see whether it is likely that the UK will go further in its legislative attempts at combating endemic age discrimination.

Age discrimination legislation in the UK

The UK was one of the last European member states to introduce anti-age discrimination legislation under the Equal Treatment Framework Directive 2000/78. The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 came into forc...

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