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Lose A Few Pounds, Fatten Your Wallet

Posted on 08/9/2012 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsListen up, workers. Take better care of yourself (and possibly lose a few inches around your waistline), and your employer just may reward you by fattening your wallet. A new survey has found that more than half of U.S. companies are now offering incentives to their workers to take part in health and wellness programs, from screenings to quitting smoking. This year, 59 percent of 2,000 employers with 20 million people on their payrolls used incentives, up from 37 percent in …

Best Employers Program Forges New Ground

Posted on 06/26/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkOlder 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 …

Fighting Age Discrimination Draws Bipartisan Support – And You Can Help

Posted on 06/21/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsIn a contentious election year it’s encouraging to learn that Americans from both parties, and some politicians, have found common ground on at least one issue. A new AARP survey shows that older Americans overwhelmingly support legislation to combat age discrimination in the workplace. The May 2012 poll of registered voters 50 and older found that 78 percent favor passage of the bipartisan “Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act” (POWADA), introduced in March by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Sen. Chuck …

Poll: Businesses Concerned About Losing Older Workers

Posted on 04/19/2012 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkTo prepare for a brain drain when scores of Boomers retire, many U.S. employers are ramping up training and taking other measures to avert challenges in the workplace, a new poll finds. Of 430 human resource professionals surveyed, nearly three in four  (72 percent) say the loss of talented older workers is a problem or a potential problem for their organizations. Over 50 percent polled say employees 50-plus have a stronger work ethic, bring more professionalism to their job, and …

Older Workers, Take Heart; Employers, Take Note

Posted on 02/22/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkI love seeing people who love their jobs  – especially since many consider themselves lucky just to have a job in this tough economy. A short segment from CNNMoney paints a hopeful and heartening picture…and not just for older workers. Know how some people light up when they talk about their work? Nurse Ann Doshi of Atlantic Health System, who teaches new Operating Room nurses the intricacies of the O.R., definitely lights up. After you watch the clip below, you’ll probably agree that Ann would …

A Perfect Storm for Age Discrimination

Posted on 02/16/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkYes, there’s a perfect storm — but there’s also an opportunity. A Supreme Court ruling, combined with a seemingly never-ending cycle of long-term unemployment, has had a chilling effect on age discrimination cases. They’re more frequent and harder to prove, according to experts cited in this NPR Morning Edition segment. People over 50 don’t need news headlines to tell them that age discrimination is alive and well. They know firsthand. On average, it takes someone age 55 or over three …