25 April 2012
The supreme court has ruled that employers could have powers to
forcibly retire employees at 65, throwing into doubt the abolition
of the default retirement age.
The court ruling dismissed an appeal from a partner at a law
firm who was forced to retire at age 65, saying the firm was right
in its use of age discrimination to remove him. The partner
wanted to work until the age of 68 due to financial issues but
other partners dismissed the request.
The Employment Tribunal ruled it was a legitimate and
proportionate for the firm to do this. The partner appealed
the ruling and the supreme court has now dismissed his appeal.
The ruling said that all businesses will now have to give
careful consideration to what, if any, mandatory retirement rules
can be justified.