UK: Abolition of Retirement Age

Should Lead to Flexible Working
The  CIPD  believes that today’s abolition of the Default Retirement Age (DRA) should lead to a change of opinion on flexible working provisions.

The CIPD suggest that, up until now, flexible working has been considered as a women’s issue or a parent’s perk, rather than a tool to engage and motivate staff and allow them to strike a desirable work/life balance.
Dianah Worman OBE, CIPD Diversity Adviser, says: “The age of the cliff-edge retirement has finally come to an end and the CIPD applauds the Government for holding its nerve in the face of significant business opposition.
“However, now more than ever Government also needs to challenge the assumption that flexible working is a regulatory burden. We’re all going to be working longer and businesses have a vested interest in making our time as flexible and productive as possible.”

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