Many companies are eager to avoid any accusations of age discrimination once changes to the UK's employment law are implemented later this year, new research has suggested.
According to a study conducted by XpertHR, which involved questioning 157 organisations across the country, more than two-thirds of all those asked indicated that are planning to allow workers the freedom to decide when they finish their jobs permanently after the introduction of the default retirement age (DRA).
Earlier this year, the government announced it would be completely removing the DRA - which allows firms to force individuals into retirement at the age of 65 regardless of their personal circumstances - on October 1st following a phasing out period.
The XpertHR survey also established that 32 per cent of companies are unsure as to how they will alter their internal policies to fit with these changes, while 38 per cent indicated they will also review other policy areas as a result of the DRA's abolition.
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Posted by Richard Saunders