The UK’s compulsory retirement age of 65 is not in breach of EU law. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that a British employer can dismiss a staff member without redundancy payments when that person reaches 65 years of age, if it had a legitimate aim related to employment and social policy.
Whilst employees do have the right to request to carry on working beyond 65, business owners are under no legal obligation to grant this.
The case was brought by Age Concern. They argued that the law was in breach of the EU’s Equal Treatment at Work Directive.
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