Issue 48, January, 2011
Going... Going... Gone!
Beyond the Default Retirement Age
The Coalition Government intends to begin to remove the
Default Retirement Age (DRA) from April 2011. This will mean
that most people can work beyond the age of 65 if they wish.
Even though there is not a legal requirement for businesses
to have a fixed retirement age, scrapping the DRA is a radical
change to employment law which may have a significant impact
on your organisation.
Offering flexible working instead of
retirement can help you to retain skilled and experienced
workers, reducing staff turnover, recruitment and training
What are the legal issues?
From the 1st October 2011...
intends for the DRA to disappear completely by 1st October
This means that each "retirement" after this date could
potentially result in an unfair dismissal and age
discrimination claim, meaning from April 2011 it will not be
possible to issue new
retirement notices. Under the transitional
measures, staff could be retired between 6th April 2011 and
20th September 2011 provided the proper procedures are
The policy that your organisation has on retirement impacts
directly on staff retention and productivity, and ultimately
the bottom line.
To assist our clients to understand fully the changes in
legislation and the benefits of offering continued flexible working
instead of retirement, we are partnering Sylvester Mackett to
FREE* workshop that will guide you through the key
stages and give you practical advice following these changes.
Thursday, 10th March 2011
10am - 11.30am, Registration:
Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon
The Workshop will help you:
- Identify the key operational
challenges posed by the abolition of the DRA
- Consider changes that will be
required to your policies and procedures - i.e. are your
capability/performance procedures fit for purposes post
- Understand what is involved if you
are seeking to "objectively justify" a compulsory
- Consider the future management of
"retirement" in a flexible workplace - assisted planning,
variable hours, flexible working.
*First delegate FREE, £20.00 plus VAT for
each additional delegate attending from the same organisation
**Closing date for bookings:
4th march 2011, please note cancellations after this date may result in
"Additional Delegates" charges still being invoiced