It is legal to retire staff at 65

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that the UK’s compulsory retirement age of 65 is not in breach of EU legislation.

The case against the legislation had been made by charity Age Concern through its ‘Heyday’ campaign. The ECJ ruled that employers can continue to retire staff at 65 with no redundancy pay, without it being treated as discriminatory, if it is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate employment policy.