Age

Definition

Age refers to either a person that belongs to a particular age, such as 49 year olds, or a range of ages, such as 12 to 18 year olds or over 65s.

Legislation

Great Britain

People are covered in the workplace by the Equality Act 2010 if they are directly or indirectly discriminated against or harassed because of their age. Age discrimination though is not unlawful when it occurs within services and public functions, or when it relates to premises or education. However, age discrimination in the provision of services may become unlawful in the future, likely to be in April 2012. For further information on the Equality Act 2010, visit the legislation page of this website, or the Home Office – Equalities site.

Northern Ireland

According to the Equality Commission for NI, The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 (the Age Regulations) came into force on 1st October 2006, making it unlawful for employers and others to discriminate on grounds of age in the areas of employment, vocational training and further and higher education. The Regulations do not extend to discrimination in the provision of goods, facilities and services, the management or disposal of land or premises, or to the provision of education in schools. On 6 April 2011 the Employment Equality (Repeal of Retirement Age Provisions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 came into force. These Regulations revoke and amend provisions in the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006.

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