How can employers support a growing band of aging workers and avoid age discrimination through their practices and policies?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 4 September 2018
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
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There are many practices that employers can implement to show support to ageing workers and thus prevent age discrimination. Although age discrimination is well established in statute under the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006, there remains an increasing number of age discrimination claims, perhaps contributed to by the increasing number of older individuals still working.

Avoiding age discrimination in the recruitment process:

  • Advertise job openings in newspapers as well as online;
  • Avoid specifying qualifications as selection criteria when they are not essential for the job. Doing so could prejudice older applicants who have the experience but were not

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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