New retirement age provisions now in force

The Employment Equality (Repeal of Retirement Age Provisions) Regulations 2011 are now in force.

The new Regulations abolish the default retirement age of 65 as well as the statutory retirement notice process. Under these regulations any termination of employment on the grounds of age will be unfair unless it can be objectively justified as a “proportionate response to a legitimate aim.”

There are complicated transitional provisions for the retirement age regulations and employers will need to consider whether to have a set retirement age. If a set retirement age is decided upon the employer must be able to justify it and follow a fair procedure to minimise the risk of claims for unfair dismissal or age discrimination.

Lee Dawkins

Lee Dawkins

Over the past 30 years Lee has overseen the expansion of the firm’s litigation department. He developed our personal injury and clinical negligence teams, creating various niche areas that now enjoy a national profile. He pioneered contentious probate, setting up one of the UK's leading inheritance dispute teams and established Slee Blackwell as a force within claimant professional negligence. He now works as the firm's marketing partner.
Lee Dawkins

Lee Dawkins

Over the past 30 years Lee has overseen the expansion of the firm’s litigation department. He developed our personal injury and clinical negligence teams, creating various niche areas that now enjoy a national profile. He pioneered contentious probate, setting up one of the UK's leading inheritance dispute teams and established Slee Blackwell as a force within claimant professional negligence. He now works as the firm's marketing partner.

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