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Default Retirement Age to be gone next year

David Reid
30th Jul 2010

Yesterday, the Government began the consultation process on its plan to abolish the Default Retirement Age (DRA) of 65.

 

From 6 April 2011, it is expected that employers will no longer have the automatic right to issue notices of retirement to employees who have reached or who are approaching the age of 65.

 

Under planned transitional arrangements, employers who have already issued notices of retirement to employees before 6 April 2011 will be able to continue to rely on the DRA to retire these employees, as long as the employment terminates before 1 October 2011.

 

The measure is one of the steps that the Government is taking to enable and encourage people to work longer, alongside raising the State Pension Age to 66 faster than currently scheduled.

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