Britain abolishes compulsory retirement at 65

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Britain's retirement age was abolished on Saturday, with new laws stopping employers from compulsorily retiring workers once they reach 65.

Following a consultation last year, the government decided in January to scrap the rule, and it has been gradually phased out since April.

The Employment Equality (Repeal of Retirement Age Provisions) Regulations 2011 came into full force on Saturday, a Department for Work and Pensions spokeswoman confirmed.

Despite the former right to force an employee to retire, some 850,000 people over the age of 65 are still in work in Britain.

Replacing the rule was part of the reforms to pensions and retirement being pursued by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat governing coalition.

© 2011 AFP

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