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29 October 2006

LRD guides reps through the confusing new law on age equality
The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations, which came in force on 1 October 2006, make it unlawful to discriminate against individuals in employment and vocational training on the grounds of their age. The Labour Research Department's new booklet offers a guide to the legislation, detailing its main points as well as describing who is affected by it and how employers are already using it.

By outlining the regulations' key provisions in straightforward language, Age discrimination - a guide to the new regulations helps readers understand the complexity and lack of clarity around the new law, which has already been criticised throughout the union movement.

It examines the regulations' impacts on individual workers and collective bargaining, explains what has been outlawed and contains a range of union guidance on negotiating around age equality in the workplace.

The 48-page booklet also examines:

* the regulations' definition of what age discrimination is;
* how to protect against harassment of older and younger workers at work;
* the regulations' implications for agreements covering training, and their impacts on vocational training;
* the new concept of "retirement dismissal";
* the effects of the legislation on length-of-service and age-related benefits, including redundancy policies; and
* how to take a claim to an employment tribunal.

Containing a wealth of vital information, Age discrimination - a guide to the new regulations is an important new resource for union reps.

Notes to editors
1. Age discrimination - a guide to the new regulations is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?4.70 or ?11.40 for employers or commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?34.45 (?76.95 for employers/ commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets each year.

2. The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded more than 90 years ago. Around 1,800 trade union organisations, including 55 national unions representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.

3. For press enquiries about this booklet, contact Sally Buffard on 020 7902 9827. To order copies of the booklet, telephone 020 7928 3649.

4. Full information about all LRD's services and publications is available on the LRD website at www.lrd.org.uk
 

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