To Talk or Not To Talk? Talking With Employees About Retirement

Posted in : How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 14 February 2023
Dr. Gerry McMahon
Productive Personnel Ltd
Issues covered: Retirement; Case Law; Employee Wellbeing


The subject of retirement is tied up in legal loopholes and shrouded in sensitivities. Hence, it has become a hot HR topic. In some jobs, there is a statutory retirement age. This means that the retirement age is specified in law (e.g. for some public servants, like Gardai and Defence Force personnel). It is also common for employment contracts to have a mandatory retirement age (i.e. the age at which one must retire). This is usually pitched at 65 years of age. However, there is no statutory provision for private sector employees and many of the mandatory provisions simply don’t survive legal scrutiny. This makes it a difficult subject to broach with employees approaching

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Dr. Gerry McMahon
Productive Personnel Ltd

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