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Labor Department Publishes Recommendations on Responding to Aging Workforce
Apr 4, 2013
The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has issued two new policy briefs.

News Release

The Aging Workforce: Challenges for the Health Care Industry Workforce

Because the aging of the U.S. population has tremendous implications for the health care industry, both as employers of an older workforce and as providers of services to a growing number of older patients, ODEP funded the NTAR Leadership Center to convene a one-day symposium entitled The Aging Workforce: Challenges for the Health Care Industry Workforce in January 2012. Recognizing the vital role played by the health care industry in the state of New Jersey, this symposium was hosted by NTAR in partnership with the New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission and the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University. This brief identifies promising strategies from that symposium and offers some encouraging and notable examples from the participants that policymakers and employers could pursue to address the challenges of an aging health care workforce.

The Aging Workforce: The Role of Medical Professionals in Helping Older Workers and Workers with Disabilities to Stay at Work or Return to Work and Remain Employed

This report documents the discussion and findings from a September 2012 one-day, invitation-only roundtable titled the same as the report. The purpose of the event was to explore the relationships among medical professionals, employers, and the public workforce and vocational rehabilitation systems in terms of their current and desired roles in preventing needless work disability. "Disability" in this context is defined as the absence from work due to a medical condition. Participants were asked to reflect on the challenges in engaging the medical community in helping older individuals with disabilities, or who are experiencing reduced functionality, to stay at work and remain successfully employed until they choose to retire.