TUC warns against impact of employment law reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

“Government plans for reform of employment tribunals will discriminate against black and minority ethnic groups, disabled people, women, and young workers, according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC).”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 19th April 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Supreme Court tasked with setting compulsory retirement precedent – The Lawyer

Posted March 7th, 2011 in age discrimination, news, retirement by sally

“What legitimate social policy could justify retiring a partner or employee?

The Supreme Court will decide after Clarkson Wright & Jakes partner Leslie ­Seldon was given permission to fight his former firm over its decision to retire him at the age of 65.
Seldon argues that his firm was wrong to enact the partnership agreement and retire him because, he claims, it could not justify the action.”

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The Lawyer, 7th March 2011

Source: www.thelawyer.com

British Airways plc v Mak and others – WLR Daily

British Airways plc v Mak and others [2011] EWCA Civ 184; [2011] WLR (D) 63

“The employment tribunal had jurisdiction to entertain claims for race and age discrimination brought against a British airline by employees based in Hong Kong, who worked for the airline on flights between Hong Kong and London among other destinations, since they did work partly in Great Britain and their employment was therefore to be regarded as being at an establishment in Great Britain.”

WLR Daily, 25th February 2011

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

NHS could be sued for neglecting elderly under new law – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 16th, 2011 in age discrimination, elderly, health, hospitals, news by sally

“Elderly patients who believe they have been treated badly because of their age could sue the National Health Service under new rights to be unveiled by ministers next month.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Countryfile’s Miriam O’Reilly wins BBC ageism claim – The Guardian

Posted January 12th, 2011 in age discrimination, media, news by sally

“Former BBC presenter Miriam O’Reilly has won her case for age discrimination against the corporation after she was dropped from BBC1’s rural affairs show, Countryfile.”

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The Guardian, 11th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Related link: Miriam O’Reilly tribunal: the verdict

‘Careful with those wrinkles,’ Countryfile presenter was told – The Independent

Posted November 5th, 2010 in age discrimination, media, news, sex discrimination by sally

“Former BBC presenter Miriam O’Reilly was warned ‘to be careful with those wrinkles when high definition comes in’ nine months before she was dropped from Countryfile by the BBC, a tribunal heard yesterday. Ms O’Reilly, 53, is suing the broadcaster for sex and age discrimination after losing her job when the rural affairs show was moved to a prime-time slot.”

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The Independent, 5th November 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Why are over-70s banned from jury duty? – BBC News

Posted August 11th, 2010 in age discrimination, juries, news by sally

“It has been decreed that the ban on over-70s doing jury duty will remain. But many older people would welcome the opportunity.”

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BBC News, 10th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Letting over-70s serve on juries ‘would disrupt criminal trials’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 10th, 2010 in age discrimination, juries, news by sally

“The Council of Circuit Judges, which represents more than 600 judges in England and Wales, said it had come to the ‘firm conclusion that there is no compelling case to alter the status quo’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Seldon v Clarkson Wright & Jakes (Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted July 30th, 2010 in age discrimination, appeals, law firms, law reports, retirement, solicitors by sally

Seldon v Clarkson Wright & Jakes (Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills intervening) [2010] EWCA Civ 899; [2010] WLR (D) 206

 “A rule providing for the compulsory retirement at 65 of partners in a firm of solicitors was a proportionate means of achieving legitimate aims relating to recruitment and promotions within the firm.”

WLR Daily, 28th July 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Scrapped retirement age will live on in private sector, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 30th, 2010 in age discrimination, employment, news, retirement by sally

“The Government will scrap the law allowing organisations to force workers to retire at 65 but companies will find it easier than ever to run their own compulsory retirement schemes in the wake of a Court of Appeal ruling yesterday, an expert has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th July 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Kent lawyer loses retirement age discrimination case – BBC News

Posted July 29th, 2010 in age discrimination, news, retirement, solicitors by sally

“A Kent lawyer who sued his own firm of solicitors when he was made to stop work at 65 has lost his discrimination case at the Court of Appeal.”

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BBC News, 29th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Responses to Ministry of Justice consultation – Upper age limit for jury service – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted July 23rd, 2010 in age discrimination, consultations, juries, Ministry of Justice by sally

“Responses to Ministry of Justice consultation.”

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Judiciary of England of Wales, 21st July 2010

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Coalition to stick with Labour’s Equality Act – BBC News

“The government is pressing ahead with Labour legislation which could require employers to disclose whether they pay women as much as men.”

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BBC News, 2nd July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police and another v Homer – WLR Daily

Posted April 29th, 2010 in age discrimination, appeals, employment, law reports, police by sally

Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police and another v Homer [2010] EWCA Civ 419; [ 2010] WLR (D) 105

“The requirement of a law degree for eligibility for the highest pay grade as a police legal adviser did not amount to discrimination against those aged over 60.”

WLR Daily, 28th April 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Equality Commission calls for over-65s to keep working – BBC News

Posted January 26th, 2010 in age discrimination, employment, equality, news, retirement by sally

“People should be allowed to work beyond the age of 65 and with more flexible hours, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has said.”

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BBC News, 25th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Europe’s top court says age bars for job applicants can be legal – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 21st, 2010 in age discrimination, employment, employment tribunals, news by sally

“Europe’s top court has said that some employers can stop people as young as 30 from applying for some jobs because they are too old. UK Employment Tribunals will have to take account of the ruling in age discrimination cases, an expert said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st January 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Equality bill takes aim at ‘institutional ageism’ in NHS – The Guardian

Posted October 23rd, 2009 in age discrimination, equality, hospitals, news by sally

“Ageism within the NHS and social care is set to be made illegal after a review of the treatment of older people found discrimination was ‘rooted’  in the attitudes of staff and organisations.”

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The Guardian, 23rd October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Court wants change to retirement law – The Independent

Posted September 26th, 2009 in age discrimination, news, retirement by sally

“Campaigners fighting to end the mandatory retirement age have pinned their hopes on a Government review of the law after losing a key legal battle in the courts.”

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The Independent, 25th September 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Judge demands Government scrap compulsory retirement age – The Times

Posted September 25th, 2009 in age discrimination, news, retirement by sally

“The Government faces overwhelming calls to scrap the compulsory retirement age of 65 after a High Court judge ruled today that in the current economic climate it was likely to be unlawful.”

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The Times, 25th September 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Related link: Timeline: the battle against enforced retirement

Retirement age judgement expected – BBC News

Posted September 25th, 2009 in age discrimination, news, retirement by sally

“A judgement on whether it is legal for UK employers to force workers to retire at the age of 65 is expected later.”

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BBC News, 25th September 2009

Source: www.bb.co.uk