Inquiring about older workers’ retirement plans

Balancing succession planning with no mandatory retirement
By Stuart Rudner
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 04/16/2014

Question: Is there a way to make inquiries as to when older employees plan to retire for the purposes of resource planning without risking being seen as pressuring them and facing charges of age discrimination?

Answer: Not surprisingly, this is a very touchy subject with significant potential ramifications. As the question implies, an employer cannot assume an employee will retire at any particular age.

However, as the workforce ages, succession planning has become more and more important. It is a legitimate tool, so long as it is done appropriately.