Another call to end mandatory retirement

New report from think tank says compulsory retirement hurts economy, discriminatory
||Last Updated: 09/03/2004

Government policies that permit mandatory retirement are a drain on the economy and a violation of older workers’ human rights, says a Simon Fraser University public policy professor.

Argument for maintaining compulsory retirement policies are generally based on erroneous reasoning, says Jonathan R. Kesselman, in a report prepared for the C.D. Howe Institute.

“Discrimination in hiring and pay by sex and race of worker were once the norm in Canadian labour markets,” he says. “Legislative bans have reduced these unwarranted forms of discrimination and also stimulated incentives for advanced education and labour force activity by groups that have made increasing contributions to the economy. The same point could be made about age discrimination and a prospective ban on (mandatory retirement)."