While Ireland does not have a set retirement age, employers are not able to use a statutory retirement procedure to force out employees over the age of 65. To do so would be age discrimination and unfair dismissal, which would allow for an employee to bring a claim in an employment tribunal.
Retirement age is set out in an employee’s contract of employment. Some contracts include a mandatory retirement age, but have provisions for earlier retirement generally and/or on grounds of illness. The most common retirement age in contracts of employment is 65, although many have provisions for early retirement from age 60 or in some cases age 55. Most have provision for early retirement on health grounds.
A labour and employment solicitor can assist employers to ensure that they have policies and procedures in place regarding retirement age. Our solicitors also are available to initiate or defend any employment matters before the Workplace Relations Commission or appeals to the Labour Court.
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