Type of Content: Research
Resource Title: Policies for an Aging Labor Force - Keeping Older Workers with Health Conditions Employed
Publication Title: Urban Institute
Publish Date: October 2020
“Each year, millions of older workers leave the labor force and retire prematurely, often because of health shocks. The COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn have only exacerbated this. In this brief, we explore how providing workplace accommodations can help more workers remain in the labor force. Although we focus on workers over age 55, workplace accommodations could also help many younger workers who develop a health condition that inhibits their ability to work. States with paid leave programs are especially well positioned to help workers stay in the labor force.
We review the data on health and employment among older workers, evidence on the effectiveness of interventions to keep individuals in their jobs, the frequency that at-risk workers receive accommodations, and obstacles to providing more accommodations. We also detail the legal framework and recent developments that have opened up new opportunities for workplace accommodations. Finally, we suggest an approach to increase awareness of these opportunities to expand workplace accommodations.”
Resource URL: https://urbn.is/3aqpjar