Working Caregivers Need Government and Employers to Do a Better Job

Posted on 06/26/2013 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingEmployers 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

Posted on 09/12/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayLow-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

Posted on 08/23/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkIn 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.

The High Cost of Caregiving

Posted on 05/1/2012 by |Home & Family blogger | Comments

CaregivingBy Mary Hickey Caring for an older family member is costly to both families and employers — and it’s time for the workplace to develop policies to help people juggle the competing demands of work and caregiving responsibilities. That was the bottom-line message from Cheryl Matheis, senior vice president of policy for AARP, who was interviewed on National Public Radio this morning as part of an ongoing series on caregiving. “When people have to leave their jobs [to care for …

5 Things Caregiving Employees Should Know

Posted on 04/5/2012 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingCompanies are beginning to realize that their eldercare programs—if they even have them—need to be ramped up to better accommodate caregiving employees.  And if they don’t, they should get cracking. According to Society for Human Resource Management, the number of employers offering eldercare referrals has taken a dive, from 22 percent in 2007 to 9 percent in 2011. That’s a problem. According to an AARP report, U.S. companies lose more than $33.6 billion a year in lost productivity from full-time …

Here’s to Older Workers

Posted on 02/2/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkPop quiz: In December 2011, what was the unemployment rate for people 50 and over? The answer is 6.2 percent, nearly twice what it was at the beginning of the Great Recession in 2007. At AARP we often hear from members in their 50s, 60s and 70s who are unemployed and want and need to get back into the workforce…some desperately so. This month, AARP is shining the spotlight on older worker issues from a range of perspectives, from those …