Bid To End Default Retirement age is shelved

22nd February 2010
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Fast Track Bid to End Default Retirement Age is Sh

A fast track attempt by the Government to abolish the default retirement age of 65 has failed, following a decision by the House of Lords.

Liberal Democrat Peer Anthony Lester recently tabled an amendment to the Equity Bill with a view to scrapping the default retirement age of 65 before the forthcoming General Election.

Currently the law enables employers to retire workers once they reach the age of 65.   Many age campaigners, and Harriet Harman have suggested that this is arbitrary, and needs to be abolished.

However recent debate in the House of Lords saw the proposed abolition of the default retirement age withdrawn for the time being for fear of delaying the Equity Bill.

Several peers in the House of Lords pushed for a delay in the decision to scrap the default retirement age until a proposed Government review on policy was completed.  This review was scheduled to take place this year.

Employment Law Partner Daven Naghen commented as follows:-

“I think that in the current economic climate it would have been rash for the default retirement age to have been abolished so quickly.  The matter is extremely complicated due to the current economic times.  Had the default retirement age been abolished or increased, then this could have had a detrimental effect on the numbers of young people who are currently out of work.

I feel that it is right for the Government to wait until the outcome of its review before making any legislative changes.”

We will of course keep you up to date on any further news regarding changes in the default retirement age.

If you want advice on this matter or any employment issue then please contact Daven Naghen in our Employment Team on 01775 722261.

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Dementia Friends

Maples Solicitors are proud to announce that they have now joined to become Dementia Friends which is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative.

The private client department of Maples Solicitors prepare Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney on a regular basis and this often involves dealing with clients who are suffering from dementia. The private client team pride themselves on spending as much time as is necessary to assist all of their clients, but those suffering from dementia often require additional assistance and time to ensure that they have fully understood the legal documentation that they are creating. The private client department are regularly complimented on the way they deal with such clients, whether this be explaining things to them in a clear and uncomplicated manner, spending time with them or putting them at ease.

It is a misconception that anyone suffering from dementia cannot make a Will or Lasting Power of Attorney. Only if someone lacks sufficient mental capacity are they unable to make such a document. It is therefore vitally important upon any diagnosis of dementia that legal advice is taken as soon as possible to make sure that your affairs are in order so that it is easier for your family to deal with your affairs if you are unable to do so yourself.

To become Dementia Friends, Maples Solicitors have pledged to develop their understanding of dementia and continue assisting clients suffering from dementia with their legal affairs in a respectful, friendly and efficient way that is not daunting making the process as easy as possible.

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