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As boomers get older, age-bias claims spike: Avoid trouble by heeding new DOL guidance

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THE LAW:  The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects workers age 40 or older from discrimination because of their age.

Plus, the ADA prohibits employers from discriminating against a qualified individual with a disability as long as the individual can perform the job’s essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.

WHAT’S NEW:  What’s new is what’s old—specifically the American workforce. Many baby boomers are delaying retirements due to the demise of pensions and depleted retirement plans. Also, as boomers age, they’ll have a greater need for ­reasonable accommodations to cope with disabilities.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) just unveiled a study, Employer Strategies for Responding to an Aging Workforce. (Download it here.) 

It points out that more than 40% of people age 55 or older are still working—an all-time high.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be an 84% rise in workers 75 and older from 2006 to 2016

HOW TO COMPLY:  The study ur...(register to read more)

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