Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Older workers could face being sacked or told to consider retirement by their employers and not be able to launch ageism legal action under sweeping government plans announced by Nick Clegg.
The Deputy Prime Minister said that businesses should be free to have "frank discussions" with underperforming workers without any consideration for their age or fears about pending employment tribunal proceedings.
Mr Clegg's comments came as he announced a ''major shake-up'' of business inspection so that firms would be offered advice and support but would also be allowed to ''get on'' with their work.
The proposed change means introducing a new law that will allow "protected conversations" - meaning staff will not be able to use them against employers later.