Mandatory Retirement and Age Discrimination

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 6 July 2020
Joe Mahon
A&L Goodbody
Issues covered: Retirement Dismissals; Discrimination and Equality; Age Discrimination; Policies and Procedures.

Ireland has long been renowned for its relatively youthful workforce, but this is changing and the proportion of older people in our society is due to increase significantly in the coming decade. Issues relating to older people featured prominently in the 2020 General Election with some parties pledging to prohibit mandatory retirement ages and others pledging to prevent an increase in the State pension age from 66 to 67. While on the one hand, employers may perceive mandatory retirement ages as a necessary measure to ensure that more junior staff enjoy opportunities to progress, enforcing them can be legally nebulous and can result in employers facing age discrimination claims.

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Joe Mahon
A&L Goodbody

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