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Latest From The Employment Law Experts
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Latest From The Employment Law Experts

Tuesday, 09 September 2014 12:58

Number of workers over the age of 65 rises sharply

Written by Innes Clark
I noticed an interesting article in the Guardian this week commenting on Britain's ageing work force. The study carried out by Saga has shown that there has been a 36% increase in the number of workers over the age of 65 in the last four years. This means that there are currently 1,100,000 over 65s employed in permanent positions. One of the main reasons for this has been the abolition of the default retirement age of 65 in 2011. There were various reasons as to why this was necessary including the fact that people are living longer, the failure by many people to save adequately for their retirement and the value of the state pensions in comparison with the rising cost of living. In most cases, the retirement age is now when an employee chooses to retire. If an employee chooses to continue to work in their older years then, in terms of the Equality Act, an employer cannot retire an employee compulsorily unless the retirement can be justified as a "proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim". This is a hard test to meet in these circumstances. But what about the over 65s who are not currently working and want to get back into work? It is well known that people approaching retirement age or over retirement age find it harder to obtain employment. In response to this, Paul Green, Saga's Director of Communications said "we need to stop writing older workers off simply because they have found themselves…
Thursday, 17 July 2014 09:53

How bad have fees been?

Written by David Renton
This July marks the anniversary of the introduction of fees in the Employment Tribunal. Few people supported them before they were introduced; fewer have a good word for them now. 
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has discovered that nearly one fifth of all candidates for jobs have provided false references on their application. 
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