Lack of training ‘could lead to claims among older workers’

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Posted 20/06/2011

Some firms could risk falling foul of employment law if they do not provide workers with adequate training.

This is according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which recently released details of a study called Employee Outlook: Focus on an Ageing Workforce.

The investigation found just 46 per cent of staff members aged 65 or over have a formal performance appraisal at least once a year.

Dianah Worman, diversity adviser at the CIPD, said this kind of attitude among employers could mean older workers make discrimination claims following the eradication of the default retirement age (DRA) if there are disputes over their capability.

“Employers should treat all employees fairly at work to ensure they get the best out of all staff, whatever their age,” she added.

The DRA is currently being phased out and from October 1st, enterprises will no longer be able to compulsorily retire employees.

Individuals who think they may have a discrimination claim can get legal advice from the team at Ashtons Legal.


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