Under previous legislation, it was permissible for an employer to retire employees compulsorily at or after the age of 65. This position has changed, however, and as from 6 April 2011 it is no longer permissible for employers to give employees notification of compulsory retirement under the default retirement provisions. A policy of retiring employees compulsorily at a specified age can only be maintained if the employer can show that there is a legitimate business aim underpinning the policy and that applying that policy is appropriate and necessary with a view to achieving the stated aim.

This guide covers the following:

  • the legal obligations on employers with respect to retirement

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