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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Cornwall Diversity Toolkit

The Cornwall Diversity Toolkit was published in 2006 to support organisations in Cornwall in considering and including equality and diversity in all organisational activities, including dealing with staff, volunteers, external customers and suppliers.

The Toolkit was produced on behalf of the Cornwall Infrastructure Partnership. Please email Cornwall Rural Community Council (CRCC) for details or to request a copy at diversity@cornwallrcc.co.uk.

DCA Review of the Human Rights Act

In July 2006, the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) announced the results of its Review of the Implementation of the Human Rights Act. Lord Falconer, Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor confirmed that the Government remains committed to the European Convention on Human Rights and has no plans to repeal the Human Rights Act.

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