Imminent changes to age discrimination law are high on the agenda for businesses, according to law firm Ollerenshaw and recruitment group Pertemps.
The two organisations joined forces to provide a business briefing to employers on the subject at the Complete Learning Centre in Leamington Spa.
The changes are due to take effect on October 1.
"Employers are likely to view this new law as further restricting their ability to manage their employees as they see fit," said Jane Hobson, a partner and employment law specialist at Ollerenshaw.
Over 65's will have the same protection against unfair dismissal as younger workers. Forced retirement before the age of 65 and age discrimination will be outlawed.
Employers will have to consider requests from their staff to work beyond the normal retirement age - if businesses want employ-ees to stop then they will have to give them at least six months' notice.