Ending mandatory retirement not a benefit worry, experts say

HR should be worried about staff in their 50s
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/25/2005

The inevitable end of mandatory retirement in Ontario has employers worrying about the potential for skyrocketing benefit costs for employees over the age of 65.

However, the effect of Bill 211, which will make it illegal to discriminate against an employee because he’s 65 or older, will probably be much smaller than initially reported.

“The fear factor was more heightened than was warranted,” said Toronto-based labour lawyer Donna Walwyn, who pointed to Quebec and the United States where mandatory retirement laws were repealed years ago.