Employment update

Sue Ashtiany considers the default retirement age, the new regulations for agency workers, the extended qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims and cases on religious belief

24 Oct 2011

Default retirement age

October heralds new employment laws. This one is no exception, with the coming into force of the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) and the final fading out of the default retirement age.

The latter means that employer-led retirement is now unlawful unless it can be justified as a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim. And if employers want to consider having an employer-justified retirement age it is clear that they need to do some planning about the aim and the impact, as well as probably consulting with their staff and trade unions to be able to test their assumptions and introduce a retirement policy where reasonable. It is no good waiting until the first case; the p...

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