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Companies 'must be creative to avoid age discrimination claims'

Companies 'must be creative to avoid age discrimination claims'

Employers may have to think outside the box if they are to avoid staff claims of age discrimination at work in the near future, if one expert's comments are anything to go by.

According to Charlie Thomas, executive editor of Pensions Management, bosses should look into the possibility of giving their older workers different roles as they approach the age bracket when they will be considering retirement.

Ms Thomas added that creativity among managers may be key to both keeping these workers happy and not impacting on the productivity of their business as the default retirement age (DRA) nears its end.

As of October 2011, employers will no longer be able to make their staff members finish work at the age of 65 which many fear could have a negative effect on their firm.

However, Ms Thomas maintains that "one solution could be to offer a consultative or advisory role".

Meanwhile, she added that more people will now work into their 60s, but will commonly do so under the direction of practices such as flexible working in order to allow them more control over their own time.

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Posted by Richard Saunders