Removal of Default Retirement Age

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Acas has produced a new guidance to help employers understand the Default Retirement Age (DRA) changes that take effect from 6th April, 2011. The key things for employers to remember are:
  • workers will retire whenever they wish to – enforced retirement will only be possible if the employer can objectively justify it

  • employers must avoid discriminating against all workers on the grounds of their age

  • this legislation applies to all employers, no matter what size or sector

  • these changes will not affect an employee’s state pension age and entitlements which may well be different from the age at which they choose to retire.
Acas have helpfully provided an employer’s guide which outlines the changes and provides advice on how employers and employees can manage both the transition stages and the new procedures, and is available to download here

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