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The Department for Work and Pensions has published updated guidance for employers on supporting older workers better.
The Government has published updated guidance for job-seeking older workers and for employers looking to employ them.
The employer toolkit is a two-page document which outlines what steps employers can take to retain, how attitudes towards working longer are changing, how to design work better or make simple adapations to retain older workers, how to avoid accusations of ageism and what the benefits of employing older workers is.
There is also updated guidance for older workers includes information for employers on issues such as menopause support, flexible working, mid-life MOTs and age discrimination. There is also advice for older workers on returning to work, skills development, cv writing, apprenticehips and much more.
The guidance comes after the Prime Minister announced that workers in England who can work from home must work from home from Monday as concerns rise about the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.
The work from home guidance and extended use of masks in settings such as theatres and cinemas from Friday as well as Covid passports for venues hosting large numbers of people are part of the Government’s Plan B. The news comes after the restrictions announced last week on travel, wearing masks on public transport and in shops and on isolation for those linked to people who test positive for Omicron.
In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has asked employers to let all those who can work from home do so until at least mid-January. In Wales, employers have been asked to let people work from home if they can, with guidance setting out that people should not be pressured to return to the office unless there is a clear business need. In Northern Ireland employers are being encouraged to support home working where possible.
England lifted working from home guidance in July.