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A sensible view of ageing

AGENDA - COMMENT

ANTI-age discrimination laws due in October will be a headache for bosses.

There is nothing wrong with basing future job descriptions on physical ability rather than age.

But how is an employer supposed to assess this?

Should firms bear the cost of giving everybody a medical to establish whether a manual worker can do the job? This is clearly nonsense from a practical and cost standpoint.

Contractors need to understand the demands this new law places on them and the Government needs to interpret the regulations with common sense. Unfor tunately, at present, neither is the case.