Retirement quiz

Use this quiz in conjunction with the line manager briefing on retirement.

  1. Which of the following answers is correct?
    1. Employers are not permitted to employ people over the age of 70.
    2. Employers are permitted to compel employees to retire at or above the age of 65 provided they follow proper procedures.
    3. Employers can force employees to retire as long as they are entitled to a pension.
    4. Employers cannot operate a compulsory retirement age unless this is justified objectively.
  2. XYZ Company has a statement in all employees' contracts that they must retire by the end of the month in which they reach age 65. Which of the following is correct?
    1. The retirement clause will be enforceable as long as employees have signed their contracts.
    2. The retirement clause will be enforceable only if the company can objectively justify having a retirement age of 65.
    3. The retirement clause will be enforceable only if employees have agreed to it by 6 April 2011.
    4. The retirement clause will be enforceable as long as the company follows the statutory retirement procedure.
  3. ZAZ Company continues to operate a compulsory retirement age of 65 for employees who work in its workshop as the jobs involve heavy manual work. Which of the following is correct?
    1. The imposition of the compulsory retirement age is unlawful no matter what.
    2. The company may be able to justify imposing a compulsory retirement age but only if it can provide credible statistical evidence that people aged 65 and over are not capable of performing the work in question.
    3. The company can justify the retirement age on the ground that the work is heavy manual work and people aged 65 and over are not capable of performing such work.
    4. The compulsory retirement age will be lawful as long as it applies equally to both men and women.
  4. Which of the following is correct?
    1. An employer that wishes to get rid of an employee because he or she is 65 can do so legitimately by making him or her redundant.
    2. Employees aged 65 and over who are made redundant are not entitled to a statutory redundancy payment.
    3. Employers are prohibited from operating voluntary retirement schemes.
    4. Employers should offer employees aged 65 and over the same training and development opportunities as younger employees, otherwise they may face claims of age discrimination.

The answers can be found at the bottom of the line manager briefing.

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