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Older workers are a growing pool of untapped resources for solving your labor shortage problems. Learn more about
hiring older workers, how to attract and retain older workers, and assess your business older worker climate.
Older Worker Toolkit
Organizations with an Older Worker focus
- Wisconsin Job Centers
Wisconsin Job Centers offer information and services to employers and job seekers. To find the nearest location,
call toll free 888-258-9956 or visit
- Senior Community Service Employment Program -- (Title V)
Senior Community Service Employment Program is a national
employment and training program for low-income older adults. Eligible
participants can learn new skills and gain work
experience in community service assignments with the goal of
obtaining gainful employment.
In Wisconsin, see:
The U.S. Department of Labor web site is: www.doleta.gov/seniors.
- Society of Human Resource Professionals (SHRM)
The web sites from this national organization feature information on retention,
older workers, telecommuting, benefits for part-time or non-traditional
employees, and age discrimination.
In Wisconsin, see: www.wishrm.org.
The national web site is www.shrm.org.
- International Telework Association & Council -- (ITAC)
ITAC drives the growth and success of work independent of location. It
studies, develops, and recommends tools, techniques, and processes that promote the
benefits of telework.
The web site www.telecommute.org
offers an e-work guide and other information on managing telecommuters.
AARP offers several publications including: "Easing the Transition: Phased
and Partial Retirement Programs"; "How to Recruit Older Workers"; "How to Train
Older Workers"; and, "How to Manage Older Workers".
The web site is www.aarp.org.
- Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups -- (CWAG)
The CWAG mission is to advocate for the special needs of older persons,
to assure that older persons are recognized as people of dignity and worth, and
to affirm that older persons are partners in building the Wisconsin of tomorrow
for people of all ages. Call the number above for the location of the nearest
Area Agency on Aging.
The web site is www.cwag.org.
- Upper Midwest Pension Rights Project
The Upper Midwest Pension Rights Project offers free legal assistance in
the form of pension counseling, pension claims assistance, and advocacy for
pension participants. UMPRP attorneys can assist retirees and their families
with various pension benefits related problems such as locating a pension plan,
applying for benefits, correcting benefit miscalculations, and appealing benefit
The web site is Upper Midwest Pension Rights Project.
- Senior Job Banks
Senior job banks exist to spread the word about the wisdom of keeping
our older population in the workforce longer. These web site
offer easy, effective and free method for senior citizens to find
occasional, part-time, flexible, temporary and even full-time jobs.
One such example is www.seniorjob.net.
From the Department of Workforce Development (DWD)
Labor Law Clinics
Labor Law Clinics are educational seminars, usually one or two days in
length, which are open to the public and feature DWD staff explaining many of
the laws and rules the agency administers. For dates and locations of upcoming
Age Discrimination Laws
State and federal law protects most workers age 40 and older from workplace discrimination. Wisconsin’s
Fair Employment Law applies to virtually all private and public employers, regardless of the number of employees.
Federal age protections are contained in the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, known as the ADEA.
The ADEA applies only to employers with 20 or more workers.
Age Discrimination in the Workplace
See also: Age Discrimination Laws (federal)