Retired or Fired at 65

December 2003
Management Services;Dec2003, Vol. 47 Issue 12, p7
Academic Journal
The article reports on the views of Richard Smith, employment law expert at leading business advisers Croner Consulting, on the victory of the British government in an appeal against a tribunal decision that two pensioners, who lost their jobs due to being over the retirement age of 65, could claim unfair dismissal and redundancy pay. Commenting on the news, Richard Smith says that employers are understandably confused over whether they can legally dismiss an employee when they reach the retirement age. Unfair dismissal and redundancy laws were drafted to exclude older workers from the right to claim, so the recent challenge was based on sex discrimination with the argument that more men than women want to work after sixty-five. Croner recently carried out a survey of human resource professionals which revealed that 64% think employees over sixty-five are still productive. There are good human resource reasons for retaining older workers as they have valuable knowledge and experience and are typically motivated and loyal.


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