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Dear Abby Weighs In on Older Workers Debate

Posted on 09/9/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

WorkThe debate over older workers staying on the job longer, and crowding out younger employees, won’t go away. In a recent Dear Abby column, “Disgusted in Columbus, Ohio,” blasted older workers for hanging onto their jobs “so they can live lavish lifestyles” at the expense of younger workers who don’t advance in the workplace, or worse, get laid off. Yet as Dear Abby pointed out, many older adults stay on the job these days just to survive.  During the financial crisis and …

Are Age Bias Suits Really Down?

Posted on 09/6/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe New York Times reported last week that the Supreme Court’s 2009 ruling in Gross v. FBL Financial Services has changed the legal landscape for age discrimination cases. The problem? Even though many older workers who lose their jobs think that age discrimination played a role in their terminations, the burden of proof required is now so high that lawyers just don’t see the cases as winners. Given that the Times didn’t back up its assertion that “most lawyers won’t even take …

Jobless Rate Inches Up for Older Workers

Posted on 09/6/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

WorkThe dog days of August brought a slowdown in summer hiring. Employers created a tepid 169,000 jobs last month, less than what economists expected, and the  unemployment rate for older workers inched up to 5.1 percent, the government reported Friday. Men aged 55 and older saw their jobless rate decline in August to 5.4 percent from 5.6 percent the month before. The situation was reversed for older women: the rate rose to 5.2 percent last month from 4.9 percent in July. Nationally, …

Looking for Work? Check Out ‘Best Employers’ Winners

Posted on 08/23/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkThe 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 …

Improving Jobs Picture For Older Workers

Posted on 07/31/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkBusinesses did more hiring in July and that boded well for older workers. Some 162,000 jobs were created last month and the unemployment rate for people 55-plus dropped from 5.3 percent to 5 percent. Among older men, the rate inched up to 5.6 percent from 5.5 percent in June. The situation was much better  for older women. They saw their jobless rate fall to 4.9 percent in July from 5.4 percent a month ago, according to the Bureau of Labor …

Bill Aims to Restore a ‘Fair Shake’ in Age Bias Cases

Posted on 07/30/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsA bipartisan group in Congress has introduced legislation to remedy two Supreme Court decisions that have made it far more difficult for older workers to prove that they have suffered from illegal discrimination because of their age. Related: Workplace Age Bias Hits Home for Boomers Iowa’s two senators, Democrat Tom Harkin and Republican Chuck Grassley, are the lead sponsors of the bill, named the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act; Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) is the lead sponsor of an …