Should an employer notify its employees that they can choose to retire?

Although an employer cannot dismiss an employee on the grounds of retirement (unless this is objectively justified), employees can still voluntarily elect to retire from employment. Employers should notify their employees that they can choose to retire and should inform them of the requirement to give the appropriate period of notice under their employment contract. Given that there is no specific age at which an employee may choose to retire, the employer should notify all staff of this option, for example in the company handbook or retirement policy, and provide information on when they will be able to draw their pension benefits.