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Living and working longer — what you need to know as an employer

By Ruth Ormston

We all know that people in the UK are living longer. The Office for National Statistics has estimated that 465,500 people were aged 90 or above in 2012 (33 per cent higher compared with the previous decade) and that one in three children born today will live to 100. This longevity has not gone unnoticed by the government in its approach to employment policy:

The abolishment of the default retirement age, auto-enrolment in workplace pensions and the extension of the right to request flexible working are all underpinned by the fact we’re living — and working — longer than ever before.

In June this year, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) published the paper ‘Fuller Working Lives — A Framework for Action’, which directly addresses the issue of ageing in the context of the workplace. The aim of the paper is to shift the conversation about extended working life from one that is focused around ‘working until you drop’ to one about working longer to enable you to create the future you want.

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