Protection from age discrimination introduced

The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 came into force on 1 October 2006.

The regulations outlaw age discrimination in terms of recruitment, promotion and training. They also ban unjustified retirement ages of below 65 and remove the current age limits for unfair dismissal and redundancy rights. Employees will now have the right to ask to work beyond retirement age and employers will have a duty to consider that request. The regulations do not affect the age at which people can claim their state pension.

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Civil Partnership Act

The Civil Partnership Act came into force on 5 December 2005 and the first ceremonies took place on 21st December when 687 couples across England and Wales formed a civil partnership.

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Announcement of Equalities Review and Discrimination Law Review

On 25 February 2005 an Equalities Review to investigate the causes of persistent discrimination and inequality in British society was announced by Equality Minister Jacqui Smith and Minister for the Cabinet Office David Miliband.

At the same time it was announced that the Department of Trade and Industry will begin a Discrimination Law Review working in parallel to the Equalities Review, to assess how anti-discrimination legislation can be modernised to fit the needs of Britain in the 21st Century.

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