Are Aged Employees making it more difficult for institutions to hire younger workers?

A growing number of Baby Boomers in Ontario are working past 65, writes the London Free Press, and many higher ed stakeholders are now debating how this trend is impacting the sector and society as a whole. According to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request by the LFP, Western University has 432 paid employees over 65, and 120 over 70; while Fanshawe College has just over 100. University of Toronto Sociology Professor Robert Brym argues that these employees make it more difficult for institutions to hire younger workers, and impose a double tax on the system by collecting their pension while earning a full salary. Yet King’s University College Sociology Professor David MacGregor argues that people should enjoy the dignity of work for as long as they wish while earning a pension through a system they have contributed to throughout their working lives –SIE FB page.

 

The Government’s view:  http://www.seniors.gc.ca/eng/working/fptf/promoting.shtml

The Globe & Mail:  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/the-law-page/the-rise-of-the-older-worker-and-one-type-of-lawsuit/article16316868/

Older workers and Human Rights:  http://www.upfhlaw.ca/docs/default-source/default-document-library/older-workers-and-their-human-rights-in-the-workplace—ursel-amp-bonisteel.pdf?sfvrsn=0

Australian Government’s list of benefits for retaining and recruiting an aging workforce:  https://www.employment.gov.au/benefits-recruiting-and-retaining-mature-age-staff

Some Stats and thoughts, projections for where we are right now:  https://www.dol.gov/odep/pdf/ntar_employer_strategies_report.pdfhttps://www.dol.gov/odep/pdf/ntar_employer_strategies_report.pdf — How have we held out?

Canada is funding older worker’s return to work:  http://www.esdc.gc.ca/en/training_agreements/older_workers/index.page

Canada’s top employers for older workers:  http://www.canadastop100.com/older_workers/

 

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