Most employees now have the right to decide at what age they will retire. For most jobs there is no longer a set legal retirement age and employers must not treat an employee unfairly on the basis of their age, their decision to retire or not. An employer must not:
- treat an employee detrimentally because they are thinking about retiring or could already take their work pension or State pension.
- suggest the employee should retire before or during a dismissal process
- make the mistake of thinking it has the right to change an employee’s employment contract once they take any pension.
An employee does not need to retire when they reach their State pension age.
Square Peg HR can help ensure that your organisation does not treat anyone at work unfairly and keep you appraised of the Equality Act 2010.