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Legal Scoop | The Pensions (Public Service) Act: Changes to retirement ages

Published:Sunday | April 14, 2019 | 12:00 AMShena Stubbs-Gibson/Contributor

The Pensions (Public Service) Act 2017 came into effect on April 1, 2018. It is very important legislation with far-reaching consequences. As such, Legal Scoop has decided to sensitise readers on the implications of the act in a series of columns. In a previous column, we looked at how the implementation of the act would affect the normal retirement age and early retirement age for existing and new public officers.

In this column, we will focus on the options for normal retirement and early retirement during the transition period.

TRANSITION PERIOD

The transition period spans five years from the coming into effect of the act, that is, from April 2018 to April 2023. During that period, public servants appointed before April 1, 2018, and who are 55 years old and over may apply for early retirement or normal retirement on a phased basis, which is detailed below.

Public servants appointed after April 1, 2018, or appointed before April 1, 2018, but were under 55 years old on April 1, 2018, will not be eligible to take advantage of the option of retiring during the transition period.

NORMAL RETIREMENT

With the coming into effect of the act last year, the normal retirement age for public servants appointed after April 1, 2018 is now 65, up from 60. For public servants appointed before April 1, 2018, however, they may be granted ‘normal retirement’ if they attain the age set out in Column 2 of the table below in the month set out in Column 1.

EARLY RETIREMENT (SECTION 15)

With the coming into effect of the act in April last year, the age at which public servants appointed after April 1, 2018 may be granted early retirement has increased to 60. However, public servants appointed before April 1, 2018, who have attained the age set out in Column 3 of the table below in the month set out in Column 1, may be granted early retirement.

Because one year of the transition period has already passed, the table below starts at April 2019.

It should be noted that provisions for early retirement and normal retirement outlined in this column do not apply to constables.

- Shena Stubbs-Gibson is attorney-at-law and legal commentator. Email feedback to columns@gleanerjm.com and shena.stubbs@gleanerjm.com.Twitter:@shenastubbs.

 

                             Normal retirement age Early retirement age

April 2019          61 years, 1 month 56 years, 1 month

May 2019           61 years, 2 months 56 years, 2 months

June 2019          61 years, 3 months 56 years, 3 months

July 2019           61 years, 4 months 56 years, 4 months

August 2019      61 years, 5 months 56 years, 5 months

September 2019 61 years, 6 months 56 years, 6 months

October 2019      61 years, 7 months 56 years, 7 months

November 2019  61 years, 8 months 56 years, 8 months

December 2019  61 years, 9 months 56 years, 9 months

January 2020     61 years, 10 months 56 years, 10 months

February 2020   61 years, 11 months 56 years, 11 months

March 2020        62 years                    57 years

April 2020          62 years, 1 month 57 years, 1 month

May 2020            62 years, 2 months 57 years, 2 months

June 2020           62 years, 3 months 57 years, 3 months

July 2020            62 years, 4 months 57 years, 4 months

August 2020       62 years, 5 months 57 years, 5 months

September 2020 62 years, 6 months 57 years, 6 months

October 2020      62 years, 7 months 57 years, 7 months

November 2020  62 years, 8 months 57 years, 8 months

December 2020   62 years, 9 months 57 years, 9 months

January 2021      62 years, 10 months 57 years, 10 months

February 2021    62 years, 11 months 57 years, 11 months

March 2021         63 years                    58 years

April 2021           63 years, 1 month 58 years, 1 month

May 2021             63 years, 2 months 58 years, 2 months

June 2021             63 years, 3 months 58 years, 3 months

July 2021              63 years, 4 months 58 years, 4 months

August 2021       63 years, 5 months 58 years, 5 months

September 2021 63 years, 6 months 58 years, 6 months

October 2021      63 years, 7 months 58 years, 7 months

November 2021   63 years, 8 months 58 years, 8 months

December 2021    63 years, 9 months 58 years, 9 months

January 2022       63 years, 10 months 58 years, 10 months

February 2022      63 years, 11 months 58 years, 11 months

March 2022           64 years                    59 years

April 2022             64 years, 1 month 59 years, 1 month

May 2022              64 years, 2 months 59 years, 2 months

June 2022             64 years, 3 months 59 years, 3 months

July 2022              64 years, 4 months 59 years, 4 months

August 2022        64 years, 5 months 59 years, 5 months

September 2022  64 years, 6 months 59 years, 6 months

October 2022      64 years, 7 months 59 years, 7 months

November 2022  64 years, 8 months 59 years, 8 months

December 2022  64 years, 9 months 59 years 9 months

January 2023     64 years, 10 months 59 years, 10 months

February 2023   64 years, 11 months 59 years, 11 months

March 2023        65 years                    60 years

April 2023          65 years                    60 years