Amendments to the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations came into force on 6 April 2007. The main changes are:

· Automatic unfair dismissal where the reason for selecting an employee for redundancy is that they made use of, or sought to usetheir right to be accompanied, or their right to accompany another, to a hearing to discuss working beyond the normal retirement age.

· Ensuring that a complaint of age discrimination is dealt with using the same disciplinary procedures as other complaints of discrimination.

· Exempting age discrimination claims from the requirement of a 13 week fixed period of conciliation.