In the absence of any ground breaking legislation, age discrimination has probably been the most talked about topic in 2007, at least judging by the amount of column inches devoted to it in employment law publications.

By the end of 2007 we were not a lot wiser about the key question that has been troubling most employers: is the retirement exemption valid? Yes, the European Court of Justice's decision on the equivalent exemption in Spain was published in October (Palacios v Cortefiel Servicios) but that does not answer the key question of whether the UK exemption can be justified. We will have to wait until at least 2009 to find out the answer to that question, and in the meantime cases will continue to pile up in the tribunal system.

For our briefing on the current status of the retirement exemption click here.