Updated to include information on the Government's response to its consultation on reforms to public-sector exit payments.
Our latest research on the removal of a default retirement age finds evidence of changes to retirement ages. We explore employers' views on the changes and the benefits as identified by our respondents. The difficulties as identified by respondent organisations are also documented.
In Hörnfeldt v Posten Meddelande AB  IRLR 785 ECJ, the ECJ held that a provision of Swedish law that stipulates that employers may lawfully terminate the contracts of employees who reach the age of 67 does not breach European age discrimination law.
In Seldon v Clarkson Wright & Jakes  IRLR 590 SC, the Supreme Court held that direct age discrimination must be justified by aims that are consistent with the public interest factors referred to in art.6(1) of the Equal Treatment Framework Directive.
The 2011 XpertHR survey on the abolition of the default retirement age finds that seven employers in 10 will not be requiring employees to retire at a given age, but the remaining three in 10 remain undecided about what approach they will adopt.
XpertHR finds that four employers in 10 have reviewed other policy areas than retirement to counteract the impact of the removal of the default retirement age (DRA), with performance management the most common area of change.
Our latest research finds that seven employers in 10 have concerns about the future impact of the abolition of the default retirement age on their organisation.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to retirement ages.