65 and Not Out

Since 1 October 2011, employers can no longer enforce employees' retirement at the age of 65. The default retirement age was abolished by the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations which prohibits discrimination in the workplace. 

If employers still wish to enforce retirement, they will have to provide justification for this, and they will not be able to enforce retirement on the grounds of age alone.

Employers should therefore review their employment contracts, employment handbooks and other relevant material to ensure that they comply with the new regulations.

Please see the link here for further information about Age Discrimination in the workplace as set out on the ACAS website.

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