Mandatory retirement


Q. I will be forced to retire at age 57 in January 2014. I am no longer working in a prison, and I am working beside nonlaw enforcement employees who are doing the same job. There are many employees here that were hired after they reached 57 and they can work until they want to retire. With the economy being the way that it is, I do not want to retire at 57. It makes no sense for me to be forced to leave with 25 years of experience, and yet they are going to hire a replacement that will need training. Why would they want to pay me retirement and then have to pay someone to replace me? Why not just pay one salary? It does not make sense.

A. Whether you think it’s sensible or not, it’s the law.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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