39% of over 50s prefer flexible working before retirement

Following the UK’s silver workforce gaining the right to request flexible working last summer (recap here), a Government poll just published shows that 39% of over 50s not currently retired said that working part time or flexible hours before stopping… Read on

Was compulsory retirement at 70 legal?

Yes, said the employment tribunal in White v Ministry of Justice. Background Mr White was a retired circuit judge. He claimed that the Ministry of Justice’s statutory requirement to retire at age 70 was age discrimination. He argued that, at… Read on

Forced retirement at 65 legal?

In this judgment – probably the final chapter of the long-running Seldon case – the EAT held that the compulsory retirement age at 65 could be justified, and therefore legal. Background Because compulsory retirement at the age of 65 amounts… Read on

Silver workforce gain the right to request flexible working

From today, 30 June 2014, all employees with at least 26 weeks’ continuous service gain the right to request flexible working irrespective of child or dependent caring responsibilities. We anticipate employers will see a significant increase in requests particularly from… Read on

April 2011: whats new?

Employment laws generally change at the beginning of October and April each year. Here is a summary of the radical changes for April 2011. Default retirement age The default retirement age of 65 will be abolished. Discrimination Positive discrimination provisions… Read on

Compulsory retirement at 65 outlawed

The Government has confirmed that 5 April 2011 will be the last day on which an employer can give the notice needed to lawfully force an employee to retire at age 65 without having the right to bring an age… Read on

Will I be able to retire my employees?

With the end of the legal retirement age of 65 now on the horizon, employers are beginning to ask themselves When will I be able to ask my employees to retire ? Currently it is relatively easy to dismiss an… Read on