IHREC issues guidelines on the issue of retirement and fixed-term contracts
04/05/2018 - The Irish Human Rights and Equality Authority has issued guidance available to employers on the use of fixed-term contracts beyond a contractual retirement age. The guidelines are issued in response to the recommendation in the Report of the Interdepartmental Group on Fuller Working Lives issued in August 2016. The guidelines are intended as a complement to the recently issued WRC Code of Practice on Longer Working (S.I.600/2017) and related relevant statutory provisions in the Employment Equality Acts 1998 to 2015.
Update on retirement - March 2017
24/03/2017 - Over the past twelve months the area of retirement age has experienced a lot of change and there is further change proposed.
Retirement - Frequently Asked Questions
29/06/2016 - The Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 has introduced change to the retirement landscape. In this FAQ document a number of key issues arising from the new legislation. Questions include whether it is still lawful to have a mandatory company retirement age, whether an employer can face a claim of age discrimination based on a compulsory company retirement age and what's changed in relation to post-retirement fixed term contracts? To find the answers to these and other FAQs on Retirement see the document attached.
Enough to turn your hair grey! Pensions related disputes before the Labour Court, 2009-2013
15/07/2013 - This article considers the Labour Court’s approach to pensions related disputes, and is an abridged summary of a presentation at the Ibec “Survival of the fittest: Pensions for HR practitioners” seminar which took place in Dublin on 26 June 2013.
European Court of Justice and the setting of retirement ages
05/05/2008 - The Judgment of the European Court of Justice in the case of Felix Palacios de la Villa –v- Cortefiel Servicios SA C-411/05, issued in October 2008, has thrown the issue of setting contractual retirement ages into the spotlight.
Phased retirement: some points to consider
16/06/2005 - There is no single recognised definition of phased retirement. The term describes a range of employment arrangements, both formal and informal. In its broadest sense, phased retirement means a gradual change in a person’s work arrangements as a transition towards full retirement. In the conventional approach to retirement, a worker moves from full-time permanent employment to complete withdrawal from the labour force in one move – an all or nothing approach.