Board backs workers on seniors’ benefits

End of mandatory retirement raised other issues
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/22/2010

An Ontario arbitration award made by Brian Etherington has ruled in favour of five city workers in London, Ontario who were denied full benefits after they turned 65.

The union that represents them, CUPE, Local 107, filed a grievance against the city after the employees were told they were no longer entitled to certain dental, vision, disability and life insurance benefits. The issue stemmed from the abolition of mandatory retirement at 65 under amendments made to the Ontario Human Rights Code in December 2005 (the amendments came into effect in 2006).

Although the changes make it illegal for employers to terminate senior workers on the basis of age, they do allow employers latitude to provide lesser benefits to workers over 65.