Retirement

Employers should operate a compulsory retirement age only if it can be justified. For example, employees in some jobs where a high level of fitness or agility is required to undertake the role may be subject to an “employer-justified retirement age” for health and safety reasons.

An employer that does not retain an “employer-justified retirement age” can retire individuals on a case-by-case basis if it can justify them. The employer must ensure that retiring the employee at the particular age is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim. For employees who plan to go voluntarily, the employer should encourage them to discuss their plans, to assist the employer in planning its workforce requirements.


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3 May 2018

Retaining knowledge when key workers retire could provide the competitive advantage employers need as they struggle to attract and retain...

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Better support for older workers could be a major boost to economy

20 Feb 2018

Supporting older workers to stay in good-quality employment could unlock huge economic potential, according to...

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Employers encouraged to do more to support older workers

25 Jan 2018

With a record number of people aged 50 or older in employment, the Government and employers should ensure that working...

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Gap between men and women’s retirement income grows

28 Jun 2017

Women retiring this year will be £6,400 a year worse off than men, according to new research from Prudential.
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Institute for Employment Studies outlines key HR challenges for 2017

3 Mar 2017

HR’s most pressing challenges for 2017 include getting to grips with a multi-generational workforce, taking a more prominent role in...

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A19 police retirements not age discrimination – Court of Appeal

2 Feb 2017

The Court of Appeal has ruled that police forces’ use of Regulation A19, which required police officers with more than...

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Singapore employment law: what changes are coming in 2017?

5 Dec 2016

To attract overseas business investment, Singapore has concluded an international network of trade agreements. Changes to Singapore employment law in...

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Top tips on avoiding discrimination when managing older workers

10 Nov 2016

Five years on from the abolition of the default retirement age, employers are still coming to terms with the practical...

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Default retirement age: five key trends since it hung up its boots

8 Aug 2016

It’s now five years since employers saw the abolition of the default retirement age. What impact has the removal of...

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How to get it right in the generation game

18 Jul 2016

Managers are too busy making generalisations to tap into the potential of older workers, according to a new policy paper...

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Employment law in Japan: 10 surprising facts

14 Mar 2016

The traditional Japanese idea of “lifetime employment”, with a full-time employee working for the same employer until retirement, has been...

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Minority of employers monitor practices for age discrimination, poll finds

1 Oct 2015

Around nine in ten employers do not monitor whether or not managers are hiring people older than themselves, research by...

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Age discrimination: police officers to appeal against EAT decision on A19 retirement

4 Aug 2015

An appeal has been lodged against the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruling that requiring police officers to retire after 30...

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Age discrimination myths and reality: could your organisation get caught out?

24 Jun 2015

XpertHR’s recent webinar on age discrimination covered some of the thorny issues that employers can be reluctant to tackle. Jeya...

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