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High Court rejects default retirement age challenge

Employers will still be able to force workers to retire at 65 after a High Court judge rejected a challenge to the default retirement age last week.

Justice Blake said the rule, introduced in 2006 as part of age discrimination laws, did not breach EU regulations and that it was legitimate for the Government to bring it in.

But he said he did not believe 65 would have been chosen as the default today, adding that he might have ruled differently had the Government not announced plans to bring forward a review of the default retirement age to next year.


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