Friday, January 26, 2007

United Kingdom: Flexibile Retirement and Pensions

Age Positive has issued a news release stating that, since the pension provision of the United Kingdom age regulations came into force on 1 December 2006, concerns have been expressed with regards to flexible retirement not being adequately covered by the regulations or accompanying guidance. In particular, points have been raised about the ability of employers and schemes to alter accrual or payment in the light of working beyond normal retirement age. According to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), this is a complex and developing area and it intends to examine whether it is possible to provide greater certainty where flexible retirement and pensions is concerned.

In conjunction, Age Positive has published a report--Flexible Retirement: A Snapshot of Employer Practices 2006--produced for DWP by Employers Forum on Age (EFA) and IFF Research Ltd. The findings include a practical guide (a checklist) for employers who may wish to take advantage of the rule changes in order to deliver flexible retirement options for their employees. In addition, it the report includes a small number of case studies illustrating how some large employers developed (or are in the process of developing) flexible retirement policies.

Source: Age Positive News Release (January 17, 2007)

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