Policy Document

The Employment Equality (Repeal of Retirement Age Provisions) Regulations 2011




United Kingdom


Work & Retirement


Activation Policies 50+

Main implications

Following the Coalition Agreement, the act phased out the default retirement age. As a result, individuals can choose to work longer, beyond the prior default retirement age (65). The regulations repealed the age-related elements of the Equality Act 2010 (which had consolidated a number of regulations regarding discrimination, including the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006). An employer’s right to dismiss employees at or over age 65 due to retirement or to refuse to make an offer of employment to an individual who will reach the state pension age within six months was repealed.

Benefits & Requirements

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Full Text Source in English

2011, No. 1069

Original full text source in native language

2011, No. 1069

Full text web source in English


Original full text web source in native language


Comments & Clarifications

The aims of the regulations were to prevent forced retirement, help facilitate older workers’ participation in the workforce, and provide more labour market opportunities for individuals at or over age 65.

Secondary Literature & Sources

Secondary literature

British Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. "The Employment Equality (Repeal of Retirement Age Provisions) Regulations 2011". Available at: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2011/1069/memorandum/contents


Alyson Silkowski
London School of Economics

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Cite as

SPLASH-db.eu (2012): Policy: "The Employment Equality (Repeal of Retirement Age Provisions) Regulations 2011" (Information provided by Alyson Silkowski). Available at: https://splash-db.eu [Date of access].