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Employers 'must change to avoid age discrimination claims'

Employers 'must change to avoid age discrimination claims'

Employers may be leaving themselves open to grievance claims lodged on the grounds of alleged age discrimination in the near future, new research has suggested.

According to a study published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), many companies are currently neglecting their older workers in comparison to their younger counterparts when it comes to factors such as performance management and training.

The survey - which involved questioning 2,000 employees - found discrepancies in the number of workers over the age of 65 who have received new training or been given a formal appraisal recently when looked at against their colleagues under this threshold.

With this in mind, Dianah Worman, diversity adviser at the CIPD, stated that a failure to deal with these issues could "pave the way for discrimination claims following the phasing out of the default retirement age (DRA)".

Recently, a report by XpertHR found that 32 per cent of firms are not yet sure how they will adapt when the DRA is removed.

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Posted by Richard Saunders