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HR tip: Retiring an elderly employee at 70

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These questions are being answered by Learn HR, a market leader in the provision of HR and payroll training and nationally-recognised professional qualifications.


Question:

"We wish to retire a 70-year-old employee. Our normal retirement age is 65 but we let him stay on. Do we need to do anything other than give him notice? And at that age, what notice is due?"

HR tip:

If an employee you wish to retire is at or beyond your normal retirement age you need to give him or her six months' notice and the opportunity to request an extension. You must seriously consider any request and give a written reply. If you then still decide to retire your man you must give him notice based on his contract or his years of service, whichever is the greater, and regardless of his age.

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