What are the legal considerations if going to introduce a retirement age? We currently do not have this in place (Private Sector company)

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 12 May 2012
Barry Walsh
McDowell Purcell
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The whole issue of a contractual mandatory retirement age is a topical and potentially thorny one. This question raises a number of issues.

What happens if there is no established / written contractual retirement age to begin with? Introducing one in new contracts of employment for new employees would be relatively straightforward but the employer would need to be able to justify the retirement age selected and explain the basis for it (see later below). For existing employees who do not currently have contractual retirement ages in their contracts of employment, it would be considerably more difficult for employers to unilaterally introduce or impose one unless they had strong grounds for

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Barry Walsh
McDowell Purcell

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