Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. DTI reveals anti-ageism law plansOn 1 Jul 2003 in Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Personnel Today The Government has announced its intention to allow employers to keepmandatory retirement ages if they can justify them as necessary for thebusiness. It is also considering setting a default age of 70 after which employerscould ask employees to retire without having to justify their decision. The proposals are set out in the consultation paper Equality and Diversity:Age Matters, released earlier this month. Employers would have to justify their retirement age requirements byreference to “specific aims set out in legislation”, and will have toprovide supporting evidence if challenged, for instance, at an employmenttribunal. The consultation paper gives examples of the sort of specific aims that mayjustify treating people differently on the grounds of age. They are: – Health, welfare and safety – Facilitation of employment planning (for example, where a business has anumber of people approaching retirement age at the same time) – Particular training requirements of the post, for example air trafficcontrollers who need good health, fitness and concentration – Encouraging and rewarding loyalty – The need for a reasonable period of employment before retirement. Consultation closes on 20 October. The DTI intends to give employers twoyears to prepare for the legislation, which needs to be in place by the end of2006.