by Rachel Crook
The government this week announced that workers will be able to continue working as long as they choose to, as the default retirement age will be abolished from 1st October 2011 (with phasing in beginning in April).
CBI director-general designate John Cridland has criticised ministers' handling of the abolition of the default retirement age, expressing concerns that industry figures have not been listened to.
He said: "The impact on employers, especially smaller ones, will be considerable. There is not enough clarity for employers on how to deal with difficult questions on performance."
One of the requests put forward by employers in the consultation was the imposition of a transitional period in which workplaces can adjust to the legislation. The proposal was rejected by the government.
ACAS has issued a flowchart showing the transitional arrangements which should be used by employers.
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Also, employers could find that this is a good time to reassess existing employment contracts in order to avoid workplace disputes over issues such as age discrimination.
This announcement of the withdrawal of the default retirement age followed the government's announcement of an employer's charter which aims to make hiring and firing much easier for small businesses.
Published on: January 14, 2011