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Chris Ball

Chris Ball is Chief Executive of TAEN. Prior to joining TAEN he was a freelance journalist, an HR consultant and a national officer of the union MSF (now Unite), where his responsibilities included the non-profit sector and the working environment. You can read his full bio at the TAEN website.

  • Last week, on 1 October, was Older People’s Day in the UK and the UN International Day of Older Persons. However, age discrimination continues to be a problem in our country so in this post we’re going to look at the discrimination issues still facing older people, particularly the long-term unemployed.

    We shouldn’t need to be signing petitions on this issue but we do. In fact age discrimination may be the last bastion of widespread and endemic prejudice – despite it being unlawful.

    It must be admitted the law against age discrimination has been a stop-start affair since the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations were introduced in 2006 in a way that allowed employers to routinely sack people at the age of 65 – the “default retirement age” as it was called. Sadly, even though forced retirement has been now made unlawful too, it remains the case that ambivalent attitudes to age reign supreme.

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    Posted on October 9th, 2013 by Chris Ball filed under: Blog

  • Two weeks ago The Age and Employment Network (TAEN) published the latest edition of its 50+ Job Seekers Survey. Office of National Statistics figures show more older people in work and there is a general feeling that older people are doing reasonably well in the labour market.

    However, the sad fact is that embedded labour market disadvantages and ingrained ageist attitudes bar hundreds of thousands of older people from returning to work. It is clear that older job seekers struggle harder than most – they have the biggest problem of long term unemployment for example.

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    Posted on March 26th, 2013 by Chris Ball filed under: Blog, Work