18 May 2009
Court ruling may give older workers more protection against redundancy
A recent ruling made by the court of appeal may provide older workers with greater protection against redundancy.
The case involved Rolls Royce, which had argued that using length of service as a factor when determining which employees should be made redundant was discriminatory because it automatically disadvantaged younger workers.
It was argued by the opposing side that, in fact, length of service is an objective and generally accurate measure of the loyalty and expertise of staff members.
In addition, it was claimed that older and longer-serving employees would find it more difficult to secure alternative employment should they lose their positions and so they should have greater protection.
As a result of the court of appeal's ruling, firms - including Rolls Royce - will be able to take length of service into account when targeting staff members for redundancy, although this must be considered alongside a number of other factors.
A global organisation, Rolls Royce provides power systems for use on land, sea and in the air.