17.07.09

Australia Tweaks its Federal Age Discrimination Law

The UK is not the only country where changes to its age discrimination regulations are in store. A new Bill recently passed by its Federal Parliament will amend Australia’s Age Discrimination Act 2004. 

The change will mean that employees need only prove that age was a reason for the alleged behaviour which is the subject of the discrimination claim. Presently employees need to prove that age was the dominant reason for the alleged behaviour.

This change will make it easier, in many circumstances, for employees in Australia to claim that they were discriminated against on the basis of age.

The Bill will also change the name of its Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission to the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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