older workers

Will Congress Revive Jobless Benefits?

Posted on 01/8/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWhen it comes to unemployment, older Americans face a double whammy. Many face age discrimination. (About a third say that they — or someone they know — were recently discriminated against because of their age.) On top of that, employers also discriminate against job applicants who have been out of work the longest, according to Deborah Chalfie, AARP senior legislative representative for financial security. Of the unemployed, people 55 or older were out of work an average of 51 weeks, …

Older Unemployed Face a Tough Road

Posted on 01/2/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkWhat’s the prognosis for the older long-term unemployed? Grim. That’s the takeaway from “Set for Life,” a new American Public Television documentary underwritten by the AARP Foundation. The hour-long program tracks several primary breadwinners who have lost their jobs, the effect that has on their families and their efforts to land a new one. The program catalogs the dismantling of the American Dream – an informal compact that assured workers of relative job stability, health care, and the opportunity to …

EEOC Making Do With Less

Posted on 12/19/2013 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin Today2013 was a rough year for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. First there was the sequester, which cut the agency’s budget by 5 percent and forced the agency to furlough employees for up to 40 hours. Then there was the 16-day government shutdown, during which only 5 percent of the EEOC’s employees were allowed to work, making it impossible for its lawyers there to review claims, litigate them or mediate them. Even so, the EEOC recovered more money for victims …

Jobs Poll: Things Are Better … but Not Good

Posted on 12/4/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkOnly 15 percent of Americans age 45 or older looked for a job in the past year because of employment uncertainty, according to our AARP Bulletin poll published in September. It has been six years since the start of the Great Recession, but people are still uneasy about their current jobs. Confidence about job stability has improved since 2009, but fewer than half of those polled feel that their jobs are stable (49 percent now versus 39 percent in 2009). …

Looking for a Good Job? Now’s the Time. Or Not.

Posted on 09/19/2013 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkOfficials at Gallup poll apparently broke out the rose-colored glasses when they reported Thursday that Americans are more optimistic about the availability of good jobs. Of the 1,510 people polled, a majority of people ages 50 to 64 (78 percent), and 65-plus (79 percent), say that now is actually a bad time to find what Gallup said was a quality job. Younger folks were only slightly less pessimistic. Sixty percent of people ages 18 to 29, and 65 percent of …

Companies Pledge to Recognize Value of Older Workers

Posted on 09/17/2013 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkGood news for older workers. Google, AT&T and MetLife are among some 250 employers that signed a pledge recently to recognize the value of experienced workers and vowed to consider hiring older applicants when job openings arise. It’s not a moment too soon for companies to make a commitment to look at older job applicants. Since the recession hit and jobs were hard to come by, many older job seekers say they believe that age discrimination made it more difficult for …