New rules for working after 67
Karolinska Institutet is introducing new, clearer rules for working after the age of 67. The rules for professors wishing to continue with their work have been particularly clarified, so that the position of senior professor, for instance, will henceforth require additional justification from the head of department and a competence transfer plan for younger colleagues.
People all over the world are staying healthier and living longer, and this is true of KI’s employees too. In order to ensure that people over the age of 67 are employed on transparent, objective and impartial terms, KI has now drawn up new, clearer rules on the basis of the prevailing Swedish legislation. The Employment Protection Act (lagen om anställningsskydd, LAS) provides that positions of employment are to terminate in the month the employee turns 67; however, KI has decided that, if necessary, a person may have his or her contract extended by a year at a time for an additional five years on condition that he or she does not occupy a position of management or leadership and works no more than 50 per cent of full time.
Special rules are in effect for professors wishing to remain active after the age of 67 since they often possess knowledge and skills that are hard to replace. However, the focus of their continuing employment should be on competence transfer and the further development of younger colleagues. The rules state that the most common form of contract for professors after the 67-year threshold is to be affiliated as researcher to a department, and use the title professor emeritus/emerita.
Just over five years ago, KI also introduced the position of senior professor. If a department deems it fit to employ a professor in this way it must state its reasons in an application and certain criteria must be met.