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Retirement and the law

The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 created a set of rules about retirement ages and the retirement process including the introduction of a "default retirement age" of 65 and the concept of a "fair retirement procedure".

These rules were abolished with effect from 6 April 2011, meaning that there is now no default retirement age of 65. In most cases, employees can now decide when to retire.  Employers may still have a retirement age but they will need to be able to justify it, for example if there is an occupational requirement for an employee to retire at a certain age.

The TAEN Guide on Retirement provides information on the law relating to retirement.

Working on and the right to retire

People still have a right to retire when they want to.  The legislation is not about forcing them to work longer.  It is about choice.

This site is for help and information only. It is not meant as an authoritative guide. It is not meant as an authoritative statement of the law, and future changes in the law and other programmes and initiatives could make it less accurate at times. TAEN, the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund take no responsibility for your use of the information. You should always take professional advice on any specific legal or financial matter.