Bill 211, the Ending Mandatory Retirement Statute Law Amendment Act ("Bill 211") received Royal Assent on December 12, 2005. Accordingly, on or by December 12, 20061, employers in Ontario will no longer be able to rely on mandatory retirement policies, collective agreements or other employment contracts which require older workers to leave the workforce at age 65, or at any defined age. Clearly, this will require a significant shift in thinking for many Ontario employers who have relied on such policies and practices in the past. The following attempts to identify the key implications of this important legislative change.

type Labour and Employment Legal Alert - March 2006 - Eliminating Mandatory Retirement: Implications for Employers