Age discrimination of UK workers needs to be dealt with more efficiently by employers, according to a new report.
Changes to the discrimination laws were implemented six months ago but only 17 per cent of firms questioned for a survey by employment relations firm Acas said they had made any changes themselves in a bid to adhere to the new rules.
And just eight per cent of firms said they were concerned by the issues surrounding the new legislation, which came into effect in October 2006.
Rita Donaghy, chairperson for Acas, commented: "These results are worrying as they highlight a cost time-bomb in smaller companies in terms of potential tribunal cases, because the age laws have not been considered.
"Age discrimination can affect all employees, young and old and to comply can be very simple and quick."
Those who had not done anything different since last October to prevent ageism in their workplace claimed that their existing policies were already sufficient, or that the rules were not applicable to their business.
Ms Donaghy added: "We are urging businesses to act now, helping them to put in place policies that minimise the risk of prosecution and to make employment decisions on the basis of talent and skills alone."