Although scheduled for abolition in October 2011, new guidelines set out by the Government and ACAS could leave local employers confused and even acting unlawfully if not adhered to. Although previous guidance issued by ACAS was that the last date for retirement dismissals would be 30th September 2011, the new guidelines stipulate that employers hoping to use the DRA process before it is abolished to dismiss an employee for the purpose of retirement are still required to provide at least six months notice to any individual whose 65th birthday falls on or before the 30th September this year. The retirement can come into effect at any time before April 5th 2012.
Peak Workforce Director, Phill Dangerfield commented: “The recent guidelines reinforce the fact that employers need to be focussing on the benefits of developing, rather than culling, a mature workforce. By 2020, one third of the UK’s workforce will be over 50 years old and with this increased maturity comes many benefits for employers, including enhanced experience and reliability”
Peak Workforce is leading the way in light of the Equality Act 2010, which protects workers against discrimination on the grounds of age. The company’s Forty9ers scheme promotes the benefits of employing mature, reliable and experienced workers. It also aims to educate employers on how to avoid ending up on the wrong side of the law due to age discrimination during the recruitment and employment processes. The recent changes to the DRA abolition guidelines fall within this remit.
Whether you are a mature worker, or whether you represent a company that is unsure how the new DRA abolition guidelines affect you and your staff, Peak Workforce can advise you on the best course of action to enable you to act lawfully, ethically and to maintain a satisfied, mature workforce.
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Peak Workforce Ltd is a recruitment business that is supported by a strong management board with a vast amount of experience in the industry. Based in Derby, it offers a fresh and personal approach to online recruitment and operates throughout the East Midlands.
Peak Workforce is heavily involved in tackling the current challenge of a maturing workforce. One third of the UK workforce will be aged 50 or over by 2020, which means that employers need to utilise the skills, knowledge, and expertise that this demographic can offer to every business.
The company is extremely passionate about exposing all of their candidates to the huge range of opportunities on offer, in particular, they take positive action to help mature workers in their job-hunting activities, as this group can often experience unfair treatment in the recruitment process.
They are also keen to educate employers on age discrimination and how the risk of discriminating against someone on the grounds of age can be minimised.
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Peak Workforce Ltd is a recruitment business that is supported by a strong management board with a vast amount of experience in the industry. We offer a fresh and personal approach to online recruitment, based in Derby and operating throughout the East Midlands. Using the latest web recruitment technologies and social networking media allows us to deliver low-cost recruitment solutions. Therefore, we can offer a professional service at an extremely competitive fixed fee of just £249 with no hidden costs.