UK: Law on compulsory retirement upheld

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The High Court in London has ruled that the Default Retirement Age (DRA) of 65 is legal while acknowledging the arguments of groups such as Age Concern, Help the Aged and the Commission for Equality and Human Rights to prevent people from having to retire at 65. The presiding judge also noted that the government had decided to conduct a review of this requirement next year rather than 2011 and that in his view, “I cannot see how 65 could remain as a DRA after the review.”

UK legislation means that no redundancy payments need be paid to an employee who is dismissed upon reaching their 65th birthday. In addition, although they can ask to work beyond this age, any refusal by the employer does not need to be justified.

According to the Office of National Statistics, 1.4 million people are currently working past state pension age (65 for men, 60 for women), which is up from 1.2 million people last year.


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