The government has now asked businesses and individuals to submit their views on the default retirement age (currently 65) and the impact of raising or removing it.

We know that employers have sometimes tolerated poor performance or conduct on the grounds that an employee was approaching retirement age. It does seem highly likely though that the default retirement age will be either raised or removed altogether so we would suggest that you look closely if you have any performance issues involving older employees.

Bear in mind that you need to give at least six months notice of your intention to retire someone on their reaching age 65.