Susie Munro

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

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