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There is no longer a default retirement ages so this means that employers cannot compulsorily retire an employee.  
However, it will still be possible for employers to force people to retire if they are no longer capable of performing their duties, under the Employment Rights Act 1996, which allows an employer to fairly dismiss someone if they go through the proper procedures. Under the Act, one of the reasons for fair dismissal includes capability.
Furthermore, certain employers will still be able to rely on a compulsory retirement age if they can justify it, for example police officers or air traffic controllers.
For further information please contact Ashley Hunt, Vaishali Thakerar or Carrie-Ann Randall on 0116 212 1000 now or complete one of the on-line forms.