Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006

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The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/2408) is a piece of secondary legislation in the United Kingdom, which prohibits employers unreasonably discriminating against employees on grounds of age. It came into force on 1 October 2006. It is now superseded by the Equality Act 2010.


The Regulations follow a very similar structure to existing legislation concerning sex, race, and religion. They provide a broad justification defence and a wide range of exceptions which have been criticised for undermining the concept of discrimination law by providing too many compromises on what would otherwise be unlawful.

Default Retirement Age[edit]

Significant issues addressed by the legislation include the provision of a national default retirement age set at 65 (to be retained for at least 5 years) and the ability for employees to request work beyond the retirement age following procedure in schedule 6 of the Regulations.

A legal challenge to the Default Retirement Age ("DRA") brought by the charity Age UK failed in September 2009, with the judge finding that the Regulations did not breach the European Union's Equal Treatment at Work Directive.[1][2]

The Coalition government announced in July 2010 that it intends to eliminate the DRA from October 2011.[3] The finalised draft regulations were published on 1 March 2010 and the DRA will be abolished so that no forced retirements will be able to take place after 5 October 2012 (at the very latest).[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "UK retirement age challenge fails". BBC News. 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2009-09-25.
  2. ^ "Q&A: Retirement ruling". BBC News. 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2009-09-25.
  3. ^ BBC News, "Fixed retirement age to be axed", 29 July 2010
  4. ^ The finalised Employment Equality (Repeal of Retirement Age Provisions) Regulations 2011 are now out Archived July 18, 2012, at the Wayback Machine

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