Can an employer ask an employee whether or not they have any plans to retire?

While it is not unlawful for employers to ask employees about their plans for retirement, for example for the purpose of planning their future workforce requirements, employers should be aware of the risk of age discrimination. They should avoid questions that suggest that they are putting pressure on the employee to retire. Employers can ask employees about their future work plans and aspirations, for example as part of an appraisal process, and this may result in an employee raising the issue of retirement. However, to avoid claims of age discrimination, employers should not limit workplace discussions of this type to older workers.