Commitment to ‘Phasing out the Default Retirement Age’


On 13 January, the Government confirmed that Default Retirement Age is to be phased out between 6 April and 1 October 2011. The Government also published a written response to its recent consultation on the issue, and new guidance by Acas to help businesses adapt to the removal of the regulation.

The change means that:

  • From 6 April 2011, employers will not be able to issue any notifications for compulsory retirement using the DRA procedure.
  • Between 6 April and 1 October, only people who were notified before 6 April, and whose retirement date is before 1 October can be compulsorily retired using the DRA.
  • After 1 October, employers will not be able to use the DRA to compulsorily retire employees.

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Court finds hotel owners discriminated against gay couple

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On 18 January 2011, a gay couple won their discrimination claim against the owners of a hotel in a case which was funded and led by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

The judge’s ruling in one of the first legal cases taken under the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 means that people in civil partnerships will have greater protection from discrimination.

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Council of Europe: Protecting Refugees

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The Protecting Refugees information pack, produced in 2010, is a joint initiative by the Council of Europe and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

This pack demonstrates not only the need to protect the rights of refugees, as millions continue to be forced from their homelands, but also the partnership between the Council of Europe and UNHCR and the role we can play, together, to help the refugees. It covers a range of important topics, such as asylum-seekers and detention, refugees and social and economic inclusion, refugees and violence, and stateless persons.

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