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2008-09-24 12:00:26

By CAROLYN CHURCHILL CAMPAIGNERS for age equality suffered a setback yesterday when a European court adviser backed UK rules that allow companies to force people to stop working when they turn 65. An advocate general, a legal adviser to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, rejected a claim by Age Concern that the compulsory retirement age breaches EU laws on age discrimination. His opinion, that the practice "can in principle be justified", is not legally binding and the final...

2008-09-08 18:00:09

By carolyn hitt NOW I may have been banging on about the surreal schmaltz of the American political system last week yet I have to admit the Yanks do get a lot of things right. Spotless public toilets, chewing gum-free pavements and shop assistants who don't regard customers as an irritating distraction. But one of the most laudable aspects of American culture is they actually allow middle-aged women on television. Imagine it, crows' feet caught on camera. Ladies born in the '50s...

2008-08-19 18:00:34

By Jon Griffin MIDLAND employers have been warned to avoid throwing older workers on the scrapheap - or risk falling victim to skill shortages. Sally Morris, head of employment law at Midland firm MFG Solicitors, says companies should take a hard look at their policies on whether to keep employees on beyond the traditional retirement age. The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 introduced a default national retirement age of 65, but employees have the option to request to work...

2008-07-28 18:00:33

By Jennifer Rich, The Bradenton Herald, Fla. Jul. 28--How will the complexion of businesses change in the future if older workers stay at their desks? Will there be more cases of age discrimination or will employers and societal views of aging people experience a metamorphosis? "The challenge of employers today as this huge generation reaches retirement is how to keep older workers and in what capacity," said Scott Parkin, with the National Council on Aging. "Understanding the...

2008-07-21 03:00:34

By Miller, Valerie Employers are no strangers to "protected classees." Older workers, women, minorities and some disabled people fall under those categories. Another growing group of employees are also protected under anti-discrimination laws, however, and a high- profile Las Vegas court case is shining a spotlight on them. The association provision of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which can protect caegivers and workers who have disabled relatives, has gained increased notoriety...

2008-07-20 18:00:24

By NIGEL NELSON JOKES at work about colleagues having "one foot in the grave" and being "over the hill" are to be OUTLAWED to spare the feelings of older staff. Bosses will be told to treat ageism jokes against Victor Mildrew- type characters as harshly as sexism and racism. Ministers are already drawing up penalties for offenders. Pensions minister Mike O'Brien said: "Forty years ago racism and sexism were the acceptable face of prejudice. Now it's ageism. We must motivate individuals...

2008-07-03 06:00:47

By Gerri Peev Political Correspondent WORKERS could no longer be forced to retire at 65 if anti-age discrimination campaigners get their way in a European court. Forcing employees who reach 65 to retire if they wish to keep working breaches equality laws, insist lawyers for Heyday, a group connected to Age Concern. Their case, before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, centres on claims that the UK Employment Equality (Age) Regulations are contrary to an EU directive which...

2008-07-03 06:00:47

By Gerri Peev Political Correspondent WORKERS could no longer be forced to retire at 65 if anti-age discrimination campaigners get their way in a European court. Forcing employees who reach 65 to retire if they wish to continue working breaches equality laws, insist lawyers for Heyday, a group connected to Age Concern. Their case, before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, centres on claims that the UK Employment Equality (Age) Regulations are contrary to an EU directive...

2008-07-02 06:01:01

By Lordly, Daphne Taper, Janette Changing demographics in aging place new demands on dieticians related to education and subsequent employment. This study presents data from a survey illuminating dietitians' perceptions concerning the acquisition of entry-level clinical competence within a single practice setting. A purposive sample consisting of recent, employed internship graduates (n = 8) and internship supervisors (n = 6) from both long-term and active care settings completed a survey...

2008-06-30 09:03:11

A disability system that uses age as one of many factors in determining benefits does not violate the ADEA unless age "actually motivates" any disparate treatment, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. The plaintiff worked in a sheriff's department and chose to continue working after he reached retirement age. At age 61, he was injured on the job and retired, receiving full retirement benefits. When he learned that younger workers injured in the line of duty could get credit for additional...


Word of the Day
maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.