Five FAQs about retirement


What are my basic retirement rights?

As you approach retirement, your employer is compelled by employment regulations to inform you of your retirement date. They should give you this information at least six months in advance. Your employer can’t force you to retire, as retirement age regulations have recently been changed. If you are being forced to retire when you don’t want to, contact an employment law solicitor for advice.

Does my employer have to consider my application to work beyond 65?

Yes, the default retire age has been phased out, which means that anyone can work past this age if they want to. You should speak with your employer and make your request via your company’s normal channels. If you are refused this option, or refused on grounds which you think break employment law, consult with an employment law solicitor as soon as you can.

Could my employer dismiss me when I am close to retirement?

An employment solicitor should assess the circumstances that surround your dismissal, as they can then advise on any action you could take. It may be that you have grounds for wrongful or unfair dismissal. Your solicitor can explain the differences between these two types of dismissal.

What about discrimination law and retirement?

If your employer were to dismiss you simply because of your age, this could be discrimination. Your employment law solicitor can outline how the age discrimination regulations work, and how they could apply to your case.

How can a solicitor help with my retirement?

It is important that you ensure that your retirement is legally completed and that your employer has complied with all the relevant employment regulations. An employment law solicitor can explain any aspect of employment law as it relates to your retirement. If your employer seems to have broken any employment laws, your solicitor can advise you on the action you could take.

If you would like to obtain legal advice on retirement, Caven can put you in touch with a local employment solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local employment solicitors please call us on 08001 221 2299 or complete the web-form above.

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