Islanders will have the choice to keep working beyond retirement age if they're still up to the job under a new age discrimination law coming into force in September.
If the new law is approved by politicians next month, it will be up to bosses to prove that their employees, whatever their age, can no longer do their jobs, and have to retire. A separate new law also provides protection for reservists called up to the Armed Services to make sure their jobs are held open for them.
Social Security Minister Susie Pinel said: “There’s a balance to be struck between certainty and flexibility. Employers will need time to adjust to justifying any retirement but we must strive to meet the strategic aims of the Council of Ministers - to remove barriers to employment and increase participation for people who want to work beyond retirement age.”
The age discrimination regulations will protect people against age discrimination in recruitment, employment, clubs and associations, voluntary work and the provision of goods and services. But there will be some exceptions - like discounts for students and OAP's and shops will still be allowed to ask for ID when selling goods like booze and cigarettes.
The Social Security Minister has also lodged an amendment to the Employment Law which will be debated by the Assembly on 24 May that will allow armed forces reservists to serve without losing their jobs.
Deputy Pinel said: “Current Ministry of Defence strategy aims to increase the number of reservists by 2020, potentially doubling the numbers in the Jersey Field Squadron to around 80. Reserve service can be disruptive for the employer, particularly in a small business. However, these rights are vital to encourage sufficient numbers of people - with all types of skills and backgrounds - to commit to reserve service.”
If the law is approved, it will come into force on 1 September 2016.
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