The demise of the default retirement age
As from 1st October 2011 employers will no longer be able to force employees to retire at 65.
For more details as to this change please see the ACAS guide “Working without the default retirement age – Guidance for Employers” http://www.acas.org.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=2976
Due to the removal of this upper limit on age this now calls in to question how employers should react with regard to their incapability procedures.
As a consequence, it is possible that more ageing employees may by dismissed on such grounds where their ability to undertake their role is called in to question.
The law has changed and now so must the employer's approach to its employees.