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Heyday goes to Court so you’re not forced to retire October 25, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in age, Age Discrimination, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discrimination, retirement.

Heyday’s here to help you prepare for, and get the most from modern retirement with offers, opportunities and information. Heyday is challenging the Government over employment rights for people over the age of 65. Heyday has been notified by the High Court that its legal action against the Government will receive an early hearing on 6 December 2006.

The judicial review is challenging the decision to permit Mandatory Retirement Ages (MRAs) which allows employers to force workers into retirement.  The judicial review will mean the High Court will scrutinise the legality of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations (2006) which Heyday believe contravene the European Equal Treatment Directive by leaving people over 65 without the right or choice to work.

The judge will consider the application for permission for the case to proceed in an oral hearing which, if given the green light, will lead straight into a full trial.

Heyday surveys attitudes on modern retirement
56,000 people in their 50s and 60s responded to the UK’s biggest ever survey into modern retirement, giving their views on a range of topics, including forced retirement.

  • Almost 80 percent of respondents said the Government was wrong to force people to retire at a particular age
  • One in four respondents (23%) said they had already been forced into retirement by their employer.
  • 58 percent said they would like to be able to work after the state pension age in either a full time or part time capacity.
  • 66 percent of respondents believe that their age definitely counts against them when looking for a new job – a further 25% believe it may count against them.

Taking the Government to court is not a step Heyday is taking lightly, but we are determined to challenge the existence and legality of Mandatory Retirement Ages (MRAs). It’s what people approaching retirement want; it’s good for business, good for the economy and good for society.

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A submission was filed on Monday 3rd July to seek a legal review of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations (2006) which came into force on 1 October.  In particular, Heyday is challenging the Government over employment rights for people over the age of 65.

Source: Heyday

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