Saving Jobs in Hard Times

Is there a way to protect some workers – younger as well as older – from job loss during economic downturns? Some might be helped during the next recession if more employers have access to and use what is known as short-time compensation or work sharing. Work sharing is exactly what it sounds like – the sharing or spreading around of the available work when times are tough. Work sharing is not to be confused with job sharing, which is …

Looking for Work? Check Out ‘Best Employers’ Winners

The following is a guest post by Debbie Banda. Would you leave your employer for a job with greater flexibility and more benefits? And would it help to know that your prospective new employer actually valued older workers? If so, take a look at openings at the winners of AARP’s Best Employers for Workers Over 50 award, co-sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). This article points out some key elements of what attracts workers and makes them …

Fallout From the Delay in Major Health Law Provision

By Jay Hancock and Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News The Obama administration’s decision on June 2 to delay a major component of the Affordable Care Act – the requirement for employers with at least 50 workers to offer health coverage – postpones another feature of the law and hands ammunition to critics who contend it is unworkable. Discussion: Delay in Obama’s Health Care Law But it could have a relatively small effect on the number of Americans who gain medical …

Working Caregivers Need Government and Employers to Do a Better Job

Employers and policy leaders, are you listening? With the onslaught of aging boomers, the need for family-friendly work-leave policies will only increase. And yet, current policies don’t reach enough people and are not meeting the needs of today’s working caregivers. That’s the conclusion of a new report, Keeping Up with the Times: Supporting Family Caregivers with Workplace Leave Policies, issued by the AARP Public Policy Institute. Although the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was enacted 20 years ago, …

Disturbing Trends in Kaiser Health Insurance Survey

Low-wage workers tend to pay more for less robust health insurance coverage, according to a new survey. For family health care plans, employees at lower-wage companies paid an average of $700 more per year, despite the typical policy for these workers being worth $1000 less than average.

Employers Want to Hang On to Boomer Workers

In another blow to conventional wisdom, a new survey finds many employers actively want older employees to keep working past 65. Only 4 percent of of the 412 employers recently polled by BMO Retirement Services said they think extended careers will be bad for their company. Nearly half said they think boomers delaying retirement will be a net positive for employers.