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The potential opportunities and pitfalls in hiring older workers

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Low unemployment has benefitted older workers, and employers are actively recruiting them. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers age 65 and older constitute the fastest growing segment of the workforce. By 2024, labor participation by workers 65 and older is expected to grow 6.4%.

An older workforce requires paying careful attention to age discrimination and disability accommodation issues.

THE LAW The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 bars discrimination against employees 40 years of age or older. During the recession, age discrimination charges filed with the EEOC spiked to 24,582 in 2008. Since then, the numbers have steadily fallen, down to 18,376 in 2017.

Older workers are more likely than younger workers to need accommodation for disabilities. ADA complaints rose during the recession, but unlike ADEA claims, they have continued to rise, hitting an all-time high of 28,073 in 2016.

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