Editor's message: Unless you can justify using a compulsory retirement age, the decision on when to retire should be down to your employees. A retirement will therefore usually be a resignation, or termination by mutual agreement, rather than a dismissal.
You can discuss retirement plans with your employees, including the provision of pre-retirement support and the options for flexible retirement, but you should be aware of the risk of age discrimination, and be careful not to make employees feel under pressure to retire.
Susie Munro, senior employment law editor
Women retiring this year will be £6,400 a year worse off than men, according to new research from Prudential.
The Court of Appeal has held that the decision to reduce officer head count "to the fullest extent" by forcibly retiring police officers with 30 years' service was justified.
Pensioners' incomes are now higher than those of working age, according to a report from the Resolution Foundation.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that police forces' use of Regulation A19, which required police officers with more than 30 years' pensionable service to retire, did not amount to age discrimination.
Five years on from the abolition of the default retirement age, employers are still coming to terms with the practical challenges of managing older workers. Chris Cook and Keely Rushmore of SA Law advise on how to deal with sensitive issues concerning older workers, such as planning ahead and addressing performance issues.
Five years on from the abolition of the default retirement age, we highlight four key retirement issues that have come before the tribunals and courts.
Updated to include information on the Government's response to its consultation on reforms to public-sector exit payments.
In Chief Constable of West Midlands Police and others v Harrod and others  IRLR 790 EAT, the EAT held that the employment tribunal erred in holding that the indirect age discrimination that arose from the application of reg.A19 of the Police Pensions Regulations 1987 was unjustified.
In finding that an older project manager was chosen for redundancy because of his age, this employment tribunal highlighted evidence of comments from the managing director that it was time for him to retire.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to retirement.