Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s HR service is helping businesses understand and comply with new age discrimination legislation in place since the beginning of October 2006. These regulations make it unlawful to discriminate in employment and vocational training on the grounds of age, and protect people of all ages - not just older workers.
The specialist HR website (www.chamberhr.co.uk) has detailed information, advice and materials on the new regulations and other key employment issues. In addition, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) in conjunction with The Employers Forum on Age has published a fact sheet available for free download from www.chamberonline.co.uk.
Commenting on the Employment Equality (Age) regulations Tim Hutchings of the Hertfordshire Chamber said: “These new regulations have an enormous impact on the way in which staff are recruited, trained, rewarded and retired. The crucial factor for employers is to ensure that they have reviewed their policies, particularly when it comes to recruitment. Application forms need to be checked and information packs to prospective employees need to be reviewed. Businesses need to ensure that they have a skills based selection process that looks at the applicant's competencies and ignores their age.
“Employers should also review their policies on training and development to ensure that staff of all ages can benefit from any opportunities that may be available. They need to reward staff according to skill, ability and work progress, not just for years of service albeit in certain circumstances it will still be possible to give a loyalty reward.”
Chamber HR is a comprehensive human resource service for business delivered through its website www.chamberhr.co.uk and a dedicated advice line contactable on 02920 349614. Through Chamber HR, members get access to a wide range of HR information and services including:
· A compliant Contract of Employment; Employee Handbook and Health & Safety Policy.
· A description of the law and considerations relating to the major pieces of legislation covering
Employment Law and Health & Safety.
· Access to over 150 downloadable policies, forms, documents, letters, templates and fact sheets.
· Unlimited access to a 24 hour, seven day Human Resource and Health & Safety advice line.
· Preferential rates for bespoke Human Resource and Health & Safety consultancy.
For further information or requests for interviews please contact: Tim Hutchings on 01707 398400