Friday, March 18, 2016

Employers still wonder how to use seniors effectively in the workplace


Elizabeth Olson has an interesting story about the difficulty of pursuing age discrimination claims in the workplace in the New York Times today, “Trying to make a case for age discrimination”.

The story focuses on two professors at an Ohio college, but then ventures into the employment market in general.

Typically, in a layoff, employers create subgroups of employees and list them in such a way as to prove they didn’t discriminate for age.

But there’s no question that the higher salaries and often health insurance claims give employers an incentive to pare older workers.

Back before 2000, it was getting common to expect salaried professionals to expect to retire around 55.  The economy can no longer afford this, with an aging population adding whole old generations, and fewer kids.

There’s also pressure on retirees to become “hucksters” of life-style related things (sometimes estate planning, or tax preparation) for which it’s not too easy to make a go of things when too many people do it.
 
I’ll throw out the idea that seniors may have a lot to offer news organizations – because they remember how things were several decades ago, and can offer perspectives on political events missing from the commentary of thirty-somethings, so focused on tech.

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