It will mean that companies no longer have the ability to force workers over the age of 65 to retire and will have a significant impact on the country's labour market, according to Age UK's director of charity, Michelle Mitchell.
She explained that people in sales jobs and other roles who are able to make a valuable contribution past the age of 65 will now be able to do so without fear of being forced to give up their job.
Ms Mitchell noted: "With an ageing population, traditional rigid ideas about retirement are changing. Many people will want to work longer for personal or financial reasons and prejudice should not lock them out of the workplace."
She added that the government must now continue to work with employers and trade groups to highlight the benefits of hiring older workers.
The implementation of the legislation comes on the same day that Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) are introduced, which will provide agency staff with many of the benefits offered to permanent workers after 12 weeks' employment with the same organisation.
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