Please provide some guidelines on retirement legislation

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 4 July 2016
Zelda Cunningham
Arthur Cox
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In Ireland, there is currently no prohibition on employers imposing a compulsory retirement age for employees, subject to the employer having objective grounds justifying the retirement age.

Retirement ages, where imposed, are usually set out in the contract of employment or, in the case of company officers retirement age may be contained in the company constitution. Retirement ages usually correlate to the State Retirement Age (currently 66) or the retirement age specified in any occupational pension scheme.

There is a statutory (i.e. a retirement age set by law) retirement age for some public servants. Some occupations, for example, the Gardaí, firefighters and the Defence Forces, have

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