Laura Daniels, barrister at Kings Chambers, has addressed permanent health insurance payments and age discrimination, with a focus on Witham v Capita Insurance Service Ltd.
In Witham v Capita Insurance Service Ltd, an employment tribunal had to consider whether stopping permanent health insurance payments once an employee turned 55 amounted to age discrimination.
The employment tribunal held that Capita Insurance Service had directly discriminated against Witham on the grounds of his age.
According to Daniels, the finding of direct discrimination is most worrying for employers. She added that the case demonstrates that employees of all ages must generally be offered the same PHI payment benefits.