However, the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF) has said it is fully committed to assisting its members with the implementation of new regulations.
The law now ensures workers of all ages are protected from age discrimination. That applies whether they are applying for a job or a promotion, concerned about their pay rates, taking advantage of workplace benefits such as holidays, redundancy or pensions, or considering their retirement options.
Age-based harassment is also banned by the regulations. This is defined as any unwanted conduct that violates a worker’s dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.
Nick Jones, RMIF director of human resources, said: “As with most new regulation, ensuring compliance will mean additional work and administration, which will obviously be a burden, particularly for small businesses.
“In anticipation of the new rules, the RMIF is on hand to help members understand, and comply with, the law, with the minimum disruption to the day-to-day running of their businesses.”