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What can I say to an older employee at a meeting to discuss their future plans?

Its best to start any discussion in a general way, ask the employee what their future plans are and how they view their medium and long term plans. Any direct question such as "are you planning to retire in the near future" are best avoided. If the employee indicates they wish to retire there is no problem in talking to them about the date of their retirement and any working arrangements leading up to the retirement.

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