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  • Frequently Asked Employment Questions - Can we still ask for age on application forms?
    Whilst asking for an applicant's age isn't age discriminatory in itself, it could be used to make discriminatory decisions; even unintentionally. So unless you're recruiting for a specific post where age is relevant, such as a minimum legal age limit for driving vehicles, e.g. lorries or buses, remove the question. However, if you wish to record information on the age profile of those who apply for jobs with you, use a separate equal opportunities monitoring form. Tip. Ensure that interviewers don't have...
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  • Frequently Asked Employment Questions - Is the use of phrases such as "young and enthusiastic" in job adverts now illegal?
    Contrary to popular belief, age discrimination legislation doesn't ban age discriminatory adverts. But, if your use of this type of phrase shows an intention to discriminate on the grounds of age, e.g. an older job applicant would feel excluded from applying due to the words "young and enthusiastic", there's a risk that they could bring an age discrimination claim against you and use your job advert as evidence of discrimination. Tip. Don't use words or phrases that link to age, e.g. mature or young person....
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