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What does the abolition of the DRA mean for you?

Many employers are not aware of the full implications of the abolition of the Default Retirement Age (DRA), according to a recent survey by online employment law and HR resource employmentbuddy.

The Default Retirement Age (DRA) was abolished with effect from 6 April this year, meaning that employees can no longer automatically be retired at age 65. In future, employers will have to either decide on a justified retirement age, or operate without a retirement age altogether.

These changes will require employers to change their approach to employee retirement and performance management and prepare for the consequences of an older workforce.

While 57.1% of survey respondents' companies felt that there would be more health issues associated with employees working past 65, only 45.2% intended to consider more flexible working practices for older employees. Just 39% of employers stated that they would provide more training to line managers on performance and sickness management issues. 

Acas is offering training for employers who need to understand the abolition of the DRA and how it will impact on policies, procedures and practices in their workplace. Tailored in-house training is also available to meet the specific needs of your organisation or business.

Find out more about Acas training and business solutions.

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