It is currently possible in the UK to retire an employee lawfully at the age of 65 and above without incurring liability for age discrimination, provided certain procedures are followed. The UK Government has, however, committed to remove this right and has previously given details of the transitional provisions which will apply whilst the new regime is phased in.

However, the UK's Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (known as "ACAS") has now published a revised timescale for the transitional provisions which will apply before the default retirement age is abolished, suggesting that the Government is looking again at this area. The last date for lawful retirement dismissals to take effect is now scheduled to be 4 April 2012 - not the earlier date of 30 September 2011 as advised previously.

Please note that, despite the update on the ACAS website, the final version of the regulations has not yet been published - further updates on this will follow.