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Workplace Age Bias Hits Home for Boomers
Posted By Deb Silverberg On May 11, 2013 @ 12:07 am In Work Matters | Comments Disabled
[Updated 6/24] Some argue that the Great Recession is in the rear-view mirror. That’s not the case if you’re a layoff victim  over a certain age and if you’ve been unemployed for nearly a year – or longer.
Age bias is a concern for around two-thirds of workers over 45, as reported in The New York Times Bucks Blog  and in MarketWatch’s Working Retirement column . The stories cite figures from Staying Ahead of the Curve 2013: AARP’s Multicultural Work and Career Study . It paints a revealing picture of workers ages 45-74: their reasons for working, perceived job security, differential treatment received because of age, their ideal work scenario, the challenges they face , their plans for retirement, and more.
A recent poll  showed that 8 in 10 older voters say that it’s important for Congress to take action and restore workplace protections against age discrimination, and we’re guessing there will be more interest in legislation given a late June Supreme Court ruling .
The new co-sponsor for the Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Award  has some pull in executive suites when it comes to charting employment policies. AARP and SHRM , the Society for Human Resource Management, announced the top 50 winners at SHRM’s annual conference (and we’re guessing that the recruiters at these companies will see an influx of applicants).
Also of note is Life Reimagined for Work , which features job listings from employers  who have signed a pledge to level the playing field for experienced workers, as well as a LinkedIn group .
Of course, efforts like these may be small comfort to laid-off workers over age 55 who remain unemployed longer – about 51 weeks on average – compared to 37 weeks for younger workers. (See resources to help job-hunters below.)
What will it take to end age bias? What will help ease the worry and address the realities of age discrimination in the workplace? Many people think it will take a more robust economic recovery.
“A stronger labor market where there is a greater demand for workers of all ages and experience levels will make a difference,” says Jean Setzfand, AARP’s vice president of financial security.
For the sake of job seekers of all ages, let’s hope that unemployment will continue to fall and that payrolls will continue to rise. And let’s hope that more employers will aspire to be on the Best Employers for Workers Over 50 list.
Looking for a job or contemplating “what’s next?” Visit www.aarp.org/work  for job-hunting resources  and encore career advice . Also check out our list of Best Employer winners  and job openings with employers  who have signed a pledge to level the playing field for experienced workers, or find information to help you start or grow a small business .
Employers: To help you support a workplace that values experienced workers and all generations, check out AARP’s Employer Resource Center . Also learn about our Best Employers for Workers Over 50  awards program co-sponsored by SHRM , and the Life Reimagined for Work  pledge program.
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URLs in this post:
 layoff victim: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/05/03/older-workers-gain-in-april-jobs-report-labor-statistics-jobless/http://blog.aarp.org/2013/05/03/older-workers-gain-in-april-jobs-report-labor-statistics-jobless/
 Bucks Blog: http://bucks.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/08/older-workers-say-age-bias-is-common/
 column: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/age-discrimination-boomers-are-guilty-too-2013-05-09
 Study: http://www.aarp.org/work/on-the-job/info-01-2013/staying-ahead-curve-work.html?cmp=SN-BLOG-DS?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG
 challenges they face: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/04/30/women-face-challenges-in-retirement-older-adult-demographics/ ?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL
 Infographic: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/02/28/infographic-the-new-normal-for-experienced-workers/?cmp=SN-BLOG-DS ?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL
 Inside E Street: http://blog.aarp.orgwww.aarp.org/tv-radio/inside-e-street/?cmp=SN-BLOG-DS
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=290508q-00U
 poll: http://www.aarp.org/work/employee-rights/info-06-2012/POWADA.html
 ruling: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/06/24/supreme-court-again-chips-away-at-protection-from-discrimination/
 hiring: http://www.corpmagazine.com/management/human-resources/itemid/9673/six-benefits-of-hiring-older-workers
 retaining: http://www.aarpworkforceassessment.org/us/index.cfm?cmp=SN-BLOG-DS
 Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Award: http://www.aarp.org/work/on-the-job/info-06-2013/aarp-best-employers-winners-2013.html?cmp=SN-BLOG-DS
 SHRM: http://www.shrm.org/about/pages/default.aspx
 Life Reimagined for Work: http://workreimagined.aarp.org/?cmp=SN-BLOG-DS
 employers: http://workreimagined.aarp.org/participating-companies/?cmp=SN-BLOG-DS
 group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Work-Reimagined-Make-Your-Next-4466073/?cmp=SN-BLOG-DS
 Image: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/02/28/infographic-the-new-normal-for-experienced-workers/?cmp=SN-BLOG-DS
 www.aarp.org/work: http://www.aarp.org/work
 resources: http://www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/
 advice: http://www.aarp.org/work/working-after-retirement/?cmp=SN-BLOG-DS
 small business: http://www.aarp.org/ws/jobs-small-business-resources.html/?cmp=SN-BLOG-DS
 Employer Resource Center: http://www.aarp.org/work/employers/?cmp=SN-BLOG-DS
 Best Employers for Workers Over 50: http://www.aarp.org/work/employee-benefits/info-09-2009/about_the_best_employers_program.html/?cmp=SN-BLOG-DS
 Age Wave Brings New Career Options for Boomers: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/03/29/age-wave-creates-new-jobs-work-opportunities-for-boomers-50-careers/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS
 Join AARP: https://appsec.aarp.org/MSS/join/application?intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-MEM
 AARP home page: http://www.aarp.org/?intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-HP
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