youth group. Many young people face barriers to work and opportunities in society because of their age. Young people today face difficulties accessing housing and support services that leave them disproportionately susceptible to homelessness. They may face difficulties accessing public transport, or entering employment as a result of stereotypical assumptions.
Employers, intermediaries and government need to work together to change attitudes, public policies and practices. Young people need an opportunity to have their voices heard and to make decisions for themselves to ensure services meet their needs and opportunities are made available.
The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006
On 1st October 2006, new age equality legislation came into force. The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 provide protection against age discrimination in employment and education for people of all ages.
The regulations outlaw age discrimination in recruitment, promotion and training and include measures to outlaw all retirement ages below 65 (except where objectively justified); remove the current upper age limit for unfair dismissal and redundancy rights; introduce a new duty on employers to consider an employee’s request to continue working beyond retirement and include provisions relating to service related benefits and occupational pensions.