MUNFA IB 2006/07:34

TO:		All MUNFA Members

FROM:		The MUNFA Executive Committee

DATE:		May 14, 2007

SUBJECT: 	Mandatory Retirement Prohibited in Newfoundland and Labrador

MUNFA has received a letter from the Minister of Justice, Mr. T. Osborne, announcing that on May 26, 2007, the Newfoundland and Labrador's Human Rights Code will prohibit mandatory retirement, protecting employees 65 or more from forced retirement. Included with the letter was a brochure entitled "An Information Guide: An End to Mandatory Retirement" and (FAQ).

For example, information contained in the brochure includes: amendments to pension legislation are being proposed for the spring session of the House of Assembly to clarify pension entitlements; collective agreements will no longer be permitted to include provisions requiring mandatory retirement; mandatory retirement provisions in existing collective agreements will no longer be enforceable except in cases where mandatory retirement is allowed as a "good faith occupational qualification"; insurance benefits may continue to be provided to an employee past age 65, however, insurance providers may not provide insurance coverage past a certain age as the risk does not warrant the continuation of the product.

The Administration has indicated that unless an employee submits a letter notifying the university that he/she is retiring, they will assume the individual is not retiring.

If you wish to have a copy of the brochure provided to MUNFA by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, please contact the MUNFA office at or call extension 8642.

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