Mandatory Retirement Age - Your Questions Answered

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 1 November 2021
Fiona Sharkey
A&L Goodbody
Issues covered: Mandatory Retirement; Age Discrimination; The Employment Equality Acts

In this First Tuesday Q&A, Fiona Sharkey, solicitor in the Employment Practice Group at A&L Goodbody, considers the law in relation to mandatory retirement age of employees in light of a recent decision of the Labour Court, Pat O'Donnell v Denis O'Keeffe (ADJ-00026978), where the Court found a mandatory retirement age to be justifiable.

What does the legislation say about mandatory retirement?

The Employment Equality Acts (the Acts) provide protections for employees against discrimination by employers on the basis of nine protected grounds, one being age. Specifically, the legislation provides that discrimination occurs when a person is treated "less favourably than another person

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This article is correct at 01/11/2021

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Fiona Sharkey
A&L Goodbody

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