Summary

The retirement provisions contained in the Equality Act 2010, which were first introduced in October 2006 were abolished with effect from 6 April 2011.

Since 6 April 2011, an employer that wishes to instigate the compulsory retirement of any of their employees must have objective justification for their retirement policy.

What the Law Requires

The default retirement age provisions contained in the Equality Act 2010 were abolished with effect from 6 April 2011.

Prior to 6 April 2011, “retirement” was listed as a potentially fair reason for dismissal in the Employment Rights Act 1996. This was removed in line with the abolition of the default retirement age provisions.

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