11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

 News, discoveries and … fun 1. Jackie Kennedy confided personal thoughts in a 14-year correspondence with an Irish priest. (Learn more at Irish Times) 2. A mother’s worth increased $3,123 last year. (Learn more at AARP) 3. There’s a square hole in the sun. (Learn more at Space.com) 4. Age discrimination can kill you. (Learn more at AARP) 5. The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is collapsing, making a rise in global sea level inevitable. (Learn more at National Geographic) 6. Most Russians are …

IBM Halts Practice of Disclosing Ages of Fired Older Workers

At IBM, older workers who believe they were fired because of their age may have a harder time proving their claim under a new company policy, Bloomberg News reports. The New York-based tech company is no longer providing fired workers over age 40 with the ages and job titles of other older workers dismissed in a group layoff, the report said. That disclosure is important because it helps fired employees assess whether IBM has potentially demonstrated a pattern of age discrimination …

Can Age Discrimination Kill You?

Age discrimination can be hazardous to your health, a new study by researchers at Florida State University’s College of Medicine has found. What’s more, people who see themselves as targets of age discrimination are likelier to be in poor health than victims of race or sex discrimination, according to the study. “What we found was unexpected and striking,” said the study’s lead author, Angelina Sutin, assistant professor of behavioral sciences and social medicine. >> Sign up for the AARP Health …

At Last, Age Bias Case From 2001 Moves Forward

Suppose you believe that your employer has discriminated against you because of your age. After thinking it over, perhaps you decide to sue. You file your claim. And then you wait. And wait. And wait. People who seek redress through the justice system in this country often come up against a difficult reality: The courts are overloaded. Claims move slowly. Cases drag on for years. Such is the case for a lawsuit brought by AARP Foundation Litigation against Allstate Insurance …

Should Older Workers Have to Pay More for Their Pensions?

You’ve undoubtedly heard the advice again and again: If you are close to retirement age, you should max out your contributions to employer-sponsored retirement plans. But requiring older employees to contribute more than younger ones to a pension fund is another matter entirely, a federal appeals court in Baltimore held last week. “Certain older Baltimore County employees were forced to pay more for their pensions than younger co-workers,” David Lopez, the general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, said …

Improving Economy? Not for the Long-Term Unemployed

What’s the outlook for people out of work for at least six months? Longer unemployment. Three Princeton University economists examined the status of people who reported they were unemployed for 27 weeks or more between 2008 and 2012 - and then revisited them 15 months later. Only 11 percent had found steady full-time work one year later while 30 percent were still looking. As many as 35 percent had dropped out of the labor force altogether. Another 24 percent were in …