My dad is approaching retirement age - works in the manufacturing sector. Although he is appreciative of his employer - job for more than 30 years almost - however it seems like they're now asking him what his plans for retirement are - for instance the other day they asked him 'let us know when you plan to retire in advance ~2months so someone can be trained'.
He understands that work must continue and a new trainee needs to be used. However he would ideally like to cut back his working hours - rather than completely retire - say work 2-3 days a week. He's not too sure about approaching this with his employer - I think they expect him to retire completely. I did some research for him and what I read is that they cannot force him to retire - which is fair enough. However he definitely would not want to be working full time. If he does ask to cut back to 2-3 days a week - if they refuse then will he ultimately just have to retire completely?
Also, I looked up the income/assets on pension - what I gather is that up to approximately $300+$316=$616 per fortnight can be earned without affecting the pension?
He will talk to them next week but I guess I was hoping to give him advice - he's not the type to go to an employment advocate or lawyer etc. Was hoping OzBargain could give me some advice? His rights?
TLDR: Retirement age soon - work wants him to completely retire - however he would like to continue with few days a week/options.