Age Discrimination - New Law Set to Discourage Loyalty - Expert Comments

David Reid
1st Sep 2005

New legislation comes into force next year which could show benefits to reward loyalty as indirect age discrimination.

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Many employers offer their employees benefits to reward loyalty. Common examples include giving employees additional holidays, or private healthcare, on the completion of a number of years of service.


When the new legislation comes into force next year, it could be argued that providing employees with such benefits could amount to indirect age discrimination. This is because older employees are more likely than younger employees, to have attained the level of service required, to qualify for these benefits.


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