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Working without the default retirement age

09 September 2016

When age discrimination legislation was first introduced in 2006, it allowed employers to retire employees compulsorily at or over the default retirement age (“DRA”) of 65 as long as they followed a statutory retirement notification procedure.

When age discrimination legislation was first introduced in 2006, it allowed employers to retire employees compulsorily at or over the default retirement age (“DRA”) of 65 as long as they followed a statutory retirement notification procedure.

Following consultation in 2010, the Government abolished the DRA entirely with effect from 6 April 2011. Without it, requiring an employee to retire at any age will amount to age discrimination, unless objectively justified. It may also amount to an unfair dismissal.

This inbrief explores the practical implications of working without the DRA.

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