Default Retirement Age to be phased out from April 2011

July 2010

The Government has announced details of how it proposes to phase out the default retirement age introduced by the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006. The default retirement age will be phased out from April 2011 and abolished entirely from 1 October 2011.

The key proposals (which are subject to a period of consultation until 21 October 2010) are:

  • No new notices of intended retirement may be issued after 6 April 2011.
  • Retirements under the default retirement age will cease on 1 October 2011.
  • Retirement dismissals will only be permissible after the 1 October 2011 if they can be objectively justified.
  • Retirement dismissals notified before 6 April 2011 to take effect after 1 October 2011 will not be valid unless they can be objectively justified.
  • The current procedural requirements applicable to retirement dismissals will be abolished.
  • Transitional arrangements will be put in place and applicable to retirements that have been notified before 6 April 2011 to take effect before 1 October 2011.


Should you have any queries please contact:

Adele Martins – [email protected]
Susan Thompson – [email protected]
Anthony Thompson – [email protected]
Catherine Yallop – [email protected]
Moji Oyediran – [email protected]
Nicholas Stott – [email protected]