Lidl Ireland has removed its mandatory retirement age clause for current and new employees. Lidl staff will now have a choice to continue working beyond the retirement age of 65 as the company scraps the mandatory rule.
These changes will allow employees more flexibility with regards to retirement and incentivise workers to continue to work on past the current retirement age of 65.
This comes after the Taoiseach announced major changes to the state pension system which will allow employees more flexibility with retirement and allow them to work until they are 70 years old.
The removal of the mandatory retirement age is part of Lidl’s benefits package which also includes dedicated menopause support resources, paid time off for employees affected by early pregnancy loss or miscarriage, maternity leave, adoptive leave, fertility leave, parental leave, paternity leave, fostering leave and carers’ leave.
Maeve McCleane, Chief People Officer at Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland, said: “As one of the largest workforces in the country, we are aware of the broad scope of employees and age groups that work at Lidl, and we want to support those who would like to choose to continue working with us and are not limited by the mandatory retirement age,
“At Lidl, we are really proud to continue to introduce people-centric policy updates that recognise the needs of our employees that are constantly evolving all the time as they progress through different stages of their lives and unlock a culture where everyone feels valued and empowered.”