Pushing age-based retirement a "risky scenario"

Early conversations about retirement can benefit both employers and employees, but they require a high degree of sensitivity and caution. Asked by HR Daily about the reported practice of professional services firms setting a retirement age for their partners, Henry Williams Lawyers executive lawyer Nick Noonan notes that such contractual provisions aren't necessarily unlawful. An Australian Financial Review article accuses KPMG and EY of a "long-standing and widespread practice" of retiring partners on the basis of age, implying the firms engaged in unlawful age discrimination, but the reality is unlikely to be as "draconian" or as simple as the claims suggest. Such clauses are not uncommon

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