retirement age

Retirement Age should be Scrapped

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has criticised the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) recent decision to keep the mandatory retirement age of 65, saying it is discriminatory and should be scrapped. An Advocate–General, a senior legal adviser to the ECJ, has rejected a challenge by charity Age Concern to current UK retirement laws which allow employers to force staff to retire at 65. Commenting on the case, CIPD diversity adviser Dianah Worman said: “The default retirement age should be scrapped — it leads to lazy management, not just of people at the retirement age, but of those approaching it.” “Employers who continue to engage, develop and motivate their older employees, rather than allowing them to coast towards an inevitabl... »