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F. FAQs

Is there a mandatory retirement age in place in Ireland for employees? What is the age where an employee can receive a pension? These are some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) we get asked regularly at Adare Human Resource Management. Our team of experts have devised a full list of FAQs below:

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Is there a mandatory retirement age in place in Ireland for Employees?
No, there is no fixed retirement age in place in Ireland for Employees. It is up to Organisations to objectively justify a set retirement age in in their workplace.
If there is no mandatory retirement age in Ireland, why does an Organisation need to include a retirement age in their contracts of employment?
It is advisable that Organisations include a “normal retirement age” in their contracts of employment so that they are in a position to enforce this age should they so wish. However this is an area which is becoming more and more contentious as Employees seek to challenge being compulsorily retired from work in a particular Organisation.
If an Organisation wishes to keep an employee on beyond the normal retirement age of the Organisation, is this possible?
Yes it is possible for an Organisation to continue to employ a person who has passed the normal retirement age of the Organisation, when both parties are amenable to an extension. However there may be issues associated with this, such as creating precedence – Should another Employee wish to  extend their employment and continue to work past the normal retirement age, can an Organisation objectively justify a decision to not extend?
What is the age where an Employee can receive a pension?
From the 1st of January 2014, the State pension age has risen to 66, meaning that if an Organisation has a normal retirement age of 65, that an Employee cannot draw down state pension until they are 66, which may mean a year without any income. It is also important for Organisations to consider the age at which Employees in their particular employment who are members of an Organisational pension scheme can draw upon their pension.

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