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Free e-learning aims to help employers get it right on age

Acas has launched a new free e-learning course that aims to help employers ensure they have a fair workplace without age discrimination.

From 1 October 2006 it has been unlawful to discriminate against someone in the workplace because of their age.

Steve Williams, Acas' head of equality said: "Fairness at work and good job performance go hand in hand. It's almost a year since the new age discrimination rules were introduced and employment tribunal complaints have been made.

"Many employers still haven't realised what this could mean for them. Acas can help to minimise the risk of prosecution and to make employment decisions on the basis of talent and skills alone.

"Our new age e-learning course can help anyone who feels they might need help to understand what age discrimination means and how to prevent discrimination in their workplace."

Acas' new course aims to:

  • Define age discrimination
  • Explain the legal aspects of the age discrimination Regulations
  • Explain how the Regulations affect recruitment and existing employees
  • Explain the exception and exemptions of the Regulations
  • Describe the process for enabling a fair retirement

Acas says nearly 70,000 people have registered to use its free e-learning courses. The courses cover a range of topics including managing absence, bullying and harassment and redundancy handling.

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