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Friday, January 23, 2009

Deadline Approaching for
'Best Employers for Workers Over 50' Awards

The application deadline for the annual AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 search is quickly approaching. Employers who offer workplace practices and policies that are friendly toward workers aged 50+ are urged to apply at before Feb. 13.
Go to to apply.

As more and more boomers turn 60, attracting and retaining skilled workers will become increasingly critical for employers seeking to retain a competitive edge. Estimates are that by 2016, one-third (34%) of the total U.S. workforce is expected to be age 50 or older, up from 28 percent in 2007.

The AARP Best Employers awards recognize innovative organizations that offer policies and practices that appeal to workers 50+, including flexible work options, training/learning opportunities, competitive health and retirement benefits, and age-neutral performance and appraisal systems. Now entering its ninth year, the AARP Best Employers search honored 50 employers last year.

“AARP recognizes that the future workforce will depend on 50+ workers, which is why every year we honor companies that are industry leaders in establishing policies and practices that meet the needs of older workers,” said Frank Bellinetti, AARP West Virginia Senior State Director. “We are living longer and healthier lives these days, and everyone who wants to continue contributing to society should be afforded that opportunity.”

Any employer with at least 50 employees and based in the United States is eligible to apply to the AARP “Best Employers for Workers Over 50” awards program. This includes for-profit companies, not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions and local, state, and federal government bodies. Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) finished first in the 2008 Best Employer search.

An independent research firm and a panel of judges comprised of national experts score applicants. Final ranking is based on these scores after review by AARP. All employers who apply for the award receive valuable workforce management information and feedback about their application.


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