Work Matters - Employment Law News

March 18, 2009
This edition of Work Matters addresses several recent developments. A challenge by nonprofit organisation Heyday to the UK’s compulsory retirement age has been referred back to the UK courts which must now decide, in light of European Court of Justice guidance, whether retirement at 65 can be justified by the UK’s social policy objectives. Meanwhile, progress is being made on the Equality Bill, due to be published in April or May, which is likely to contain a single equality duty for public bodies, embracing grounds such as sexual orientation and religious belief as well as race, disability and gender. Two cases concerning religious discrimination, Ladele and Chondol, may signal the way forward for employers in managing conflicts arising from the protection of discrimination on the grounds of religion and belief. Finally, we take a look at the cost-cutting approaches some employers are taking in order to avoid redundancies.