Mandatory retirement outlawed in Ontario

| Monday, December 12, 2005

Workers in Ontario will now have their own say about whether to retire at age 65 or keep working.

Ontario recently joined several other Canadian provinces to prevent companies from forcing workers into mandatory retirement at 65.

Opponents to the law – led by union leaders, say the government is letting people work longer because people cannot live solely on Canada’s pension, according to a report in Today’s Trucking.

The new law adds fuel to the debate about workers not being able to retire for financial reasons.

Driver shortages in the trucking industry have led to companies retaining employees 65 and older on a voluntary basis.

Ontario has another policy that has attracted union opposition, and that is a policy to retest drivers periodically after age 65. Union leaders say nixing the mandatory retirement provision contradicts the driver-testing laws.

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