Is federal sector skirting mandatory retirement?

Debate surrounds 1-year transition period for repeal of mandatory retirement provisions
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/24/2012

On Dec. 16, 2011, the federal government repealed sections of the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA) and Canada Labour Code that permitted federally regulated employers to impose mandatory retirement in some circumstances.

But there is a one-year transition period before the repeal takes effect. And that is causing some confusion and questionable manoeuvring by federally regulated employers, according to David Whitten, founding partner of Whitten & Lublin in Toronto.

“The amendments to the CHRA have really… created a misconception in some workplaces that this is your opportunity to target older workers.”