10 June 2010
Employers 'must follow procedure when forcing someone to retire'
There is a procedure that must be followed when employers wish to force a member of staff to retire, it has been noted.
Writing in the Evening Gazette, Joe Michna, Hartlepool Citizens' Advice Bureau manager, pointed out that the firm must notify the worker in writing between six and 12 months before the intended retirement date of the employee or his or her right to request to stay in the role.
Meanwhile, if the individual wishes to remain in work, a written request must be sent within the three to six months of the retirement date.
If the employer receives such a request, a meeting should be arranged after which the person may be permitted to remain in work.
Those whose bid to stay fails should be given the chance to appeal, Ms Michna added.
When companies do not adhere to these rules, employees may be able to take their case to an employment tribunal.
There has been much debate in the media recently concerning the retirement age, with some commentators suggesting it should be abolished.