ERIC Number: ED312395
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Older Worker Task Force: Key Policy Issues for the Future. Report of the Secretary of Labor.
Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
A Labor Department task force examined issues relating to the United States' maturing labor force and outlines policy alternatives to address those issues. Major findings were summarized in three categories: (1) in tomorrow's work force, the median age of workers will be higher; older people will be healthier, live longer, and be available for work longer; but older workers may opt for earlier retirement instead of continued employment; (2) tomorrow's workplace will want and need older workers; will need to reconsider traditional methods of recruiting, training, and managing older workers; and may be expected to restructure benefit packages to address the needs and expectations of the work force, reduce job turnover, and offer incentives to mature workers to retire later; and (3) key public policies must enable older workers to remain in or return to the work force without institutional barriers limiting their choices; must ensure that employers are not prevented from effectively responding to the opportunities and challenges for recruitment and retention of workers in light of demographic trends; and should encourage workers and employers to pursue the most effective means for enhancing and upgrading the skills and capacity of the work force to ensure the best use of human resources. (KC)
Descriptors: Adults, Early Retirement, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Patterns, Employment Practices, Employment Projections, Futures (of Society), Labor Force, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Middle Aged Adults, Older Workers, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Quality of Working Life, Retirement, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.