Staying on the Job Article

Employment and Seniors

Staying on the Job

In the face of soaring health care costs and shrinking retirement plans, many seniors in recent years have migrated back to the workplace or simply stayed on the job. The number of workers who are at least 65 has jumped in the last decade. Roughly one in seven workers in today’s workforce is 65 or older.

Can I be turned down for a job or a work training program because of my age?

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (since 1967) has protected individuals 40 years or older from employment discrimination based on age. According to this act it is against the law to discriminate against someone because of age when hiring or firing, for promotion considerations, layoffs, benefits, training, compensation and/or job assignments. This act is enforced with employers who have 20 or more employees, employment agencies, labor organizations, and the federal government.

Will I lose my Social Security benefits if I stay on the job or go back to work?

No, not if you have reached full retirement age (between 65 and 67, depending on your birth date). And if you do without Social Security benefits until age 70, you will receive a larger monthly benefit check, regardless of any additional earnings. However, if you collect Social Security payments before you reach full retirement age and earn additional income, your benefits will be reduced if your earnings exceed a certain amount.



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