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A19 police retirements not age discrimination – Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has ruled that police forces’ use of Regulation A19, which required police officers with more than 30 years’ pensionable service to retire, did not amount to age discrimination.

The judgment in Chief Constable of West Midlands Police and others v Harrod and others is yet to be published, but the case was dismissed in court. Full analysis will be published on XpertHR when the ruling is made available.

The ruling upholds a decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal to overturn the original 2014 judgment that requiring officers to retire under Regulation A19 of the Police Pensions Regulations 1987 is not “a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim,” a justification for discrimination under the Equality Act.

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March 15, 2017

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