Confusion reigns over ageism rules. By Dan Martin

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As the UK prepares for new age discrimination rules coming into force on Sunday, employers remain confused about the extent of the regulations with one business group claiming that the minimum wage, increases to which are introduced on the same day, could be challenged on age discrimination grounds.

Billed as one of the biggest changes to employment law for decades, on 1 October it will become illegal to discriminate against employees and job applicants on the grounds of age. The rules affect all business processes including recruitment, training and retirement.

But according to a poll by law firm Eversheds, many confused employers have chosen to retain practices that could fall foul of the new regulations, with 40% fearing they face a significant risk of employees making a claim against the...

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