High Court Makes Right Decision On Retirement Age
25 September 2009 in Chamber News
The High Court has ruled to keep the UK’s mandatory retirement age. Commenting on the ruling, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: "This was the right decision. The vast majority of businesses value their older employees and the considerable experience that they can bring to a firm. We do not believe there is evidence of widespread use or abuse of the system; only 1 in 4 businesses we surveyed use the default retirement age.” "Employees already have the right to request to postpone their retirement, and we believe the existing rules allow for the fairest outcome on both sides. Businesses need a period of stability to allow all the recent changes to employment legislation to bed down. They don’t want more tinkering with employment rules."