Commitment to ‘Phasing out the Default Retirement Age’

On 13 January, the Government confirmed that Default Retirement Age is to be phased out between 6 April and 1 October 2011. The Government also published a written response to its recent consultation on the issue, and new guidance by Acas to help businesses adapt to the removal of the regulation.

The change means that:

  • From 6 April 2011, employers will not be able to issue any notifications for compulsory retirement using the DRA procedure.
  • Between 6 April and 1 October, only people who were notified before 6 April, and whose retirement date is before 1 October can be compulsorily retired using the DRA.
  • After 1 October, employers will not be able to use the DRA to compulsorily retire employees.

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Click here for details of consultation and government response

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