Abolition of the default retirement age


Despite employers across the nation expressing their concerns, the government has this week confirmed that it will push ahead with plans to end compulsory retirement from October this year.

The current laws mean that employers can dismiss staff aged 65 or over and, as long as they follow the correct retirement procedures, will not face a claim for unfair dismissal.

Under the new rules, confirmed this week, employers will not be able to rely on the default retirement age to retire employees after 5 April this year. If employers wish to force employees aged 65 or over to retire, they will have to act quickly and issue the appropriate notices within the next couple of months!

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