Age Discrimination and Mandatory Retirement

3100 Words Aug 1st, 2011 13 Pages
Age Discrimination and Mandatory Retirement - Joyce Cook

The mandatory retirement age controversy should be re-examined and redefined further. Baby boomers are very different from their predecessors; they are living longer, maintain lifestyles that are more active and are generally better able to continue working than in the past. The real challenge is the reality of how the insufficient number of young people will fill the vacancies left by the aging workforce. Mandatory retirement may be unavoidable, as older workers are forced from the work field to create more vacancies for new younger employees. According to most seniors, it is an unfair practice and does not take into account if the person wants to retire; it also does
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In addition, to accommodate the changing abilities of older workers, employers need to re-design the job as well. Instead of having to hire new younger workers who are not as skilled or trained in the job, there is a chance it would benefit employers to accommodate older workers’ needs. Functionality and not chronological age must become the prime criteria in all employment practices. As baby boomers exit the work force, letting people work longer could help to curb a predicted skilled and experienced labor shortage in many occupations. Employers need to revise human resource plans to reflect the possibility of more employees working past their previously expected retirement date as well as change testing and performance evaluations to reflect the reality of an aging workforce. Organizations need to develop programs to maximize the contributions of older workers, particularly in the areas of adult learning and flexible work arrangements; it may encourage older workers who wish to continue working. Labor force participation rates of older ages has been on the rise slightly since 1970 and is projected to rise more in the coming years. Couple slow labor force growth with an aging population and it poses serious economic and fiscal challenges to America in the 21st century. Policies that encourage those older workers who want to continue doing so that

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