Fedster + 1,307 Posted February 1, 2017 Share Posted February 1, 2017 Officers will not receive pay-outs following second victory by forces. The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal against the decision that justified police forces’ use of regulation A19 to make officers retire. West Midlands, Devon and Cornwall, Nottinghamshire, North Wales and South Wales police forces made hundreds of former officers leave their jobs via the method. A19 can be applied to officers who have achieved service entitling them to a pension of two thirds average pensionable pay, and it had been argued it disproportionately affects middle ranking officers. An employment tribunal had initially ruled the ex-officers were due compensation as a result of the change, but this was overturned on appeal in 2015. This decision has now been upheld by the Court of Appeal. Chief Superintendent Tim Jackson, national secretary of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, said: “We are disappointed that the Court of Appeal has dismissed the case. “The Association believes regulation A19 was never intended for use en masse. “We supported this appeal, and the legal action before it, as we believed that regulation A19 was unfairly and unlawfully applied to our former members and led to the premature and discriminatory loss of their livelihoods. “On this basis, as a staff association it is our duty to support our former members who were affected by the mass use of regulation A19. “These were very experienced police officers who still had much to contribute to policing and who felt they were treated unfairly in being forced to retire even though they were able, and willing, to serve their communities for years to come. “We felt the case raised important issues concerning age discrimination, affecting not only police officers but the public as a whole.” He added: “This is underlined by the fact that the original Employment Tribunal considered all of the issues in this case in considerable depth over the course of a 25-day hearing, and reached a unanimous decision in favour of all the former officers who made claims after being subjected to compulsory retirement.” View On Police Oracle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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