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Redefining the Inclusive Workplace: The Graying Effect

The “graying” effect. It’s a significant human capital issue that is prompting America’s employers to rethink the way they approach age and work. Every day, more and more workers turn age 65, but instead of retiring, many are choosing to stay on the job longer due to economic considerations and shifting expectations about retirement.

This is good news for employee retention. However, many of these skilled, experienced workers will develop disabilities as they age, or existing disabilities will affect them more. So to retain their talents and maintain productivity, employers are learning to implement a variety of inclusive workplace practices, most of which benefit all workers.

So called “older workers” may not realize that disability policies apply to them, but they know that they need or want to work. They also know what tools they need to do their jobs — whether it be a computer screen magnifier, an ergonomic chair or a flexible schedule to accommodate medical appointments. Similarly, employers may not be thinking about their talent management strategies as disability management responsibilities, but they’re probably using similar strategies to retain valued workers with and without disabilities and ensure they are productive.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy offers a range of resources related to older workers as well as practices to help retain them, such as flexible work arrangements and accommodations. Such inclusive practices enhance corporate continuity efforts. What’s more, they foster innovation by adding age-diverse perspectives when confronting business challenges to achieve success.

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Analysis and Discussion of OFCCP’s New Regulations

Walking a Fine Regulatory Line analysis and discussion from Human Resource Executive Online of the OFCCP’s new regulations for hiring veterans and people with disabilities by government contractors.

Labor Department Announces Final Rules

US Labor Department announces final rules to improve employment of veterans, people with disabilities

Final Rule: Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act

Final Rule: Vietnam Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act

Washington Post; Labor Department rules to increase hiring of veterans, disabled workers

HR Policy Association calls DOL new disability/veteran regulation part of an “Aggressive Agenda”

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