Launch of 360 Diversity Tool to Help UK Employers Manage Age Diverse Workforces

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The UK Government's decision to abolish the default retirement age puts pressure on UK employers to implement policies to manage age diverse workforces. The 360 diversity tool will be a vital resource in managing diversity.

Clearly employers need to know whether or not they can retire an employee, who is due to reach the default retirement age before 1st October 2011

The UK Government's decision to abolish the default retirement age puts pressure on UK employers to implement policies to manage age diverse workforces. The online diversity forum 360 diversity has been brought about to aid UK employers in effectively carrying out equality and diversity policies.

With increased life expectancy and shortfalls in government pension provision, the State Pension age for both men and women is to gradually increase, reaching 66 by April 2020. New regulations will be brought in as of 6th April 2011, under this new legislation employers will not be able to dismiss staff simply because they have reached the age of 65.

UK employers are faced with employment law brought about to ensure they have policies in place to prevent age discrimination. Increasingly employers are turning to equality and diversity tools such as 360 diversity http://www.360diversity.co.uk to ensure they are fulfilling their legal obligations and responsibilities. Implementing appropriate policies and carrying out equality and diversity best practices has already benefited many companies in the UK by limiting legal disputes and building united and productive workforces.

However, changes made to Acas guidance notes regarding this matter has left some employers unclear of what course of action they can legally take. Clio Springer, senior employment law editor at XpertHR, commented: "Clearly employers need to know whether or not they can retire an employee, who is due to reach the default retirement age before 1st October 2011, after that cut-off date, without being at risk of a successful unfair dismissal and/or age discrimination claim.”

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360 diversity is an online diversity forum and information resource that is available to private, public and third sector employers throughout the UK. It was developed to support organisations to take a holistic approach to diversity, and particularly in response to the Equality Act 2010. For further information visit the 360 diversity website at http://www.360diversity.co.uk.

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