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Default retirement age scrapped

The law on age and retirement is changing. The Government is phasing out the default retirement age (DRA) from 6 April 2011.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has said that this will boost the UK’s economy, and be of benefit to people that wish to work past the age of 65.

No retirements using the DRA procedure will be possible from 1 October 2011. From that, employers will not be able to compulsorily retire their employees (unless the retirement can be justified in particular circumstances).

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