Getting Back to Work at 50+ – Deborah’s Story

Deborah Salim, 62, had been living a quiet life in her mother’s home town of Conway, S.C., happy with her 15-year job in the record keeping office of the local community college and with the fact that four of her five children and their children were close by. Then came 2009, and for Deborah, like so many other 50-plus, the bottom dropped out of her world. She received a week’s notice from the college that budget cuts had eliminated her position. …

Job Hunting 2.0

Hello again from Allie the intern! My dad is on the job hunt. I know what you’re thinking: so what? In this economy, he joins many millions on this ever-changing quest (including his daughter). But he’s in a particularly tricky situation. An accident in September of 2009 left my dad with a crushed left hand. After six surgeries (and probably more in the future) with the best hand surgeon in Chicago, his hand lost the ring finger and has extremely limited …

More Bipartisan Support to Fight Age Discrimination

UPDATE: While partisan rhetoric heats up as the presidential election looms closer, it’s especially encouraging to see at least one piece of legislation get support from both sides of the aisle. The subject is age discrimination in employment decisions. Since this post was originally published in mid-July, Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois have stepped up as sponsors. We hope other senators from both parties will follow their lead. If your senator …

Labor Day is No Picnic for the Unemployed

Labor Day isn’t the easiest holiday for the millions of folks who are unemployed. For family and friends of people who are jobless, being unsure of what to say – or not say – is tough as well (the link has some good advice). It’s an especially difficult time for people who haven’t had to job-hunt in years, and for workers with multiple decades of experience who often face age bias. AARP has resources to help on topics from decoding job …

Has Your Senator Stepped Up to Fight Age Discrimination?

Know anyone who has faced age bias at work when it comes to hiring or layoff decisions-or is it a worry for you? If so, you should care about a certain senate bill. And the good news is that bipartisanship hasn’t completely gone the way of the Dodo bird.  The issue uniting some big names from both sides of the aisle involves protecting older workers against age discrimination. AARP is hoping that more senators will sign on. The “Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination …

Best Employers Program Forges New Ground

Older workers, take heart – and employers, take note. A new co-sponsor for the Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Award happens to have some pull in executive suites when it comes to charting employment policies. AARP has joined forces with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. The announcement was made during SHRM’s Annual Conference and Exposition, attended by about 13,000 HR professionals. “SHRM and its members have a unique perspective on employer policies around the …