13 December 2010
CBI: Employers could face more tribunals if government does not clarify DRA position
Employers could face an upturn in grievance cases based on age discrimination in the near future unless the government urgently clarifies its position on rules regarding how the default retirement age (DRA) will be replaced.
That is if comments made by John Cridland, director-general designate of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) are anything to go by.
He believes that the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance needs to take a more proactive stance on this issue as the time when the DRA is scrapped - April 2011 - draws closer.
Under plans announced earlier this year, the coalition will remove the DRA from law, meaning that employers will no longer be able to force workers into retirement when they reach the age of 65.
However, according to the CBI official, it must now tackle the "unintended consequences" of this decision as companies will face "huge uncertainty and greater risk of tribunal cases" if this is not done quickly.
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett
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