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Answered: Can you ask an elderly member of staff to retire?

Answered: Can you ask an elderly member of staff to retire?

You employ a pharmacy technician who is in her 70s and has worked at your pharmacy for many years. She is reliable, but fairly slow and set in her ways, and you are keen to build a more dynamic team and grow the business.

She has never raised the issue of retirement, but you feel the time has come. Can you ask her to retire?

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Result

Can you ask an elderly member of your pharmacy team to retire?
Yes
20%
No
80%
Total votes: 94

Answer

The law makes it clear that workers can choose when to retire, and that this is not their employer's decision to make. You therefore can’t force your technician to retire.

It would not be advisable to suggest that she does so either: she may interpret this as you forcing her out. If you did, you could be open to

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