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Age discrimination law may force young people to leave Jersey, warns employment specialist

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YOUNG people may be forced to leave the Island to find work when anti-age discrimination law comes into effect in September, a leading employment law specialist has claimed.

Lindsay Edwards-Thatcher of TM Legal Services has said that by keeping older people employed for longer, the States may inadvertently be forcing young people to look elsewhere for work, as jobs would become less available.

She said: 'Anti-age discrimination law means that people can stay in work beyond the usual retirement age, which in effect means people can work for longer.

'We need to be very careful about how we approach the new legislation. If you have to keep older employees on, then that means you can't bring new people in.

'I think that could encourage young people to leave the Island at a time when the government is saying that they want to keep the talent here. You can't have it both ways.'

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