Hello, my name is Ben and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. firstly can you tell me if your employee is willing to accept the changes
He has mentioned casually that he would like to reduce his hours, we have not approached him formally
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Thanks for your patience. You are correct that you cannot force the employee to retire as the forced retirement of employees has now been abolished. Similarly,. You cannot force him to reduce his hours just because he is getting old, or for any other reason relating to his age.
However, if he is voluntarily willing to reduce his hours then you can certainly agree something with him as long as it is apparent that this was instigated by him, rather than by you. So if he has already casually indicated he is willing to reduce his hours then you may discuss the matter with him further and see what arrangement you can come to. I suggest you casually ask him whether this is something he is still willing to consider and if he confirms it is then you should arrange a meeting with him to discuss the options and agree on a way forward. However, if he indicates that this is no longer something he is interested in, then you should leave the matter alone.
If you come to an arrangement, you should issue a new contract to reflect the changes or just introduce an amendment to the current contract, which needs to be signed by him to indicate his acceptance to the changes.
Hope this clarifies your position?
Hello, I see you have accessed and read my answer to your query. Please let me know if this has answered your original question or if you need me to clarify anything else for you in relation to this? I just need to know whether to close the question or not? Thanks