ERIC Number: ED185454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov-29
The Future Labor Force Participation of Older Workers and the Employment Environment.
Copperman, Lois F.; And Others
Information on the preliminary impacts of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) Amendments of 1978 on approximately 1900 private firms was obtained through mail and telephone surveys during Winter 1979. Findings from the study indicate that employers do not expect the ADEA amendments to have a significant impact on the retirement patterns of their workers. But employers expect that continued high rates of inflation combined with the option to continue working past age 65 may result in an end to the trend toward early retirement and/or in significant numbers of workers choosing to remain in the labor force past the normal retirement age. Inflation appears to be the primary factor which employers expect will affect retirement patterns. Mandatory retirement age policies were significantly associated with the size of the firm. As firm size increased, the incidence of mandatory retirement age policies also increased. Most employers who previously had a mandatory retirement age had chosen not to abolish the policy; instead, most employers simply raised the age to 70. Increasing numbers of firms were considering and/or implementing alternative work policies such as flexitime or part-time options. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Portland State Univ., OR. Inst. on Aging.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (32nd, Washington, DC, November 25-29, 1979).