Hello again, there is no duty on the employer to inform you of their plans for VR, it may be considered good practice but certainly not a legal requirement. The issue again is that what is good practice does not make something unlawful if it is not followed. Unless there was a specific right to withdraw your retirement application the employer does not have to allow this and they can proceed with it as per your request. The only thing you can do to challenge their refusal to allow you you to even apply is go down the grievance route - that may change their mind, however even if you are allowed to apply they can quite easily still reject the application
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