Economic pressures are prompting older workers in Kazakhstan to stay on the job beyond the official retirement age — currently 63 years for men, 58 for women. But changes to the country’s Labor Code may mean many of those older workers will be forced to give up their jobs.
Kazakhstan’s new Labor Code, which came into force 1 January 2016, contains a provision that gives private-sector employers the ability to sack retirement-age workers with as little as one month’s notice and one month’s severance pay, and it does not give workers an avenue for appealing forced retirement decisions.
The retirement clause is one of many business-friendly provisions in the Labor Code increasing the leverage of employers over employees. The code was reworked mainly to give businesses greater flexibility to cut costs and stimulate production during stormy times for the economy.
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