Government Purpose for Retirement Age Troubling to Small Firms



Seniors have valuable experience and skills to bring to the workplace.

Seniors have valuable experience and skills to bring to the workplace.

The Forum of Private Business has serious concerns about the idea of scrapping an employers option to retire anyone at the age of 65.

This is just what the new government intends on doing.  On Thursday it announced plans to strive ahead and take control out of the firms hands to retire anyone at age 65.

Not only will this not allow firms to plan for the future, it will leave only 1 reason for letting go of an employee; capability dismissal.  This will surely lead to degradation and humiliation.

At the conclusion of a recent survey, only 4 per cent of Forum members felt removing the default retirement age was justifiable. 

Chris Gorman, speaker at the Forum, emphasized there is no disputing the valuable skills and experience an older individual brings to the work place.

He said: “Most employees are certainly competent enough to work beyond the age of 65 without a significant deterioration in the abilities.  However, for those employees not willing to leave voluntarily, there will eventually come a time when the needs of the business will have to be considered.”

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