New Report: Familiar Challenges for Older Jobseekers

The share of the workforce ages 65 and older is growing, but a new Public Policy Institute (PPI) report reveals that jobseekers in this age group continue to face challenges in their search for work. Among those challenges: Age discrimination. A recent AARP survey has found age discrimination to be widespread. Unemployed respondents were more likely to say they had seen or experienced age discrimination than those working, and 38 percent of unemployed respondents believe they had not been hired …

Landlords Can’t Ignore LGBT Discrimination in Senior Housing, Says Court

After her partner of 30 years died, Marsha Wetzel, at age 67, suddenly found herself evicted from her home by her partner’s family. Luckily, she found a new place to live at Glen St. Andrew Living Facility in Niles, Illinois. All was going well until word spread that Marsha was lesbian. Soon, some of the Glen St. Andrew’s residents began harassing her with terrible name calling and physically attacking her. Even though Marsha reported these incidents to the facility administrators …

Labor Force Participation Rate Increases for Those Ages 55+

Employment Overview The economy added 201,000 jobs in August, up from 147,000 jobs (revised down from 157,000) added in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) August Employment Situation Summary. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.9 percent.  Jobs were added in professional and business services, health care, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, and mining. While the overall labor force participation rate edged down to 62.7 percent from 62.9 percent in July, it increased slightly to 40.2 percent …

Older Job Seekers Gain Major Victory In Age Discrimination Case

AARP has led the fight for the rights of older workers in their relations with employers for decades, and in recent years has been building on its efforts to support older job applicants in their pursuit of career opportunities. Last month, a federal court in Chicago delivered a major victory to older applicants. The case involved veteran attorney Dale Kleber, who faced a cutoff of seven years as a maximum experience for eligibility for a job he applied for. Kleber, …

McCann Tells It Like It Is and How It Should Be at Age Discrimination Forum

One of AARP’s experts, Laurie McCann, testified this week before an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) forum on age discrimination, and, as usual, Laurie deftly told it like it is. And how it should be. The AARP Foundation senior attorney was speaking before the EEOC’s important forum on the 50th anniversary of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) — a forum titled “The ADEA @50 — More Relevant Than Ever.” Four other workforce experts — one speaking remotely from …

Trends Favor Hiring Older Workers

Workers 50 and older face a hurdle that younger peers don’t: how to overcome negative stereotypes that paint them as much more expensive, out of touch with technology and less productive. An AARP report released Monday dispels these myths. The report, “A Business Case for Workers Age 50+: A Look at the Value of Experience 2015,” was conducted by Aon Hewitt and based primarily on data from large employers. A similar report, which confirmed the value of older employees, was done …