On December 16th, Lindsay A. DiSalvo and Ashley D. Mitchell presented a webinar regarding Delaying Retirement: Impact of America’s Aging Workforce on OSHA and Employment Matters.
The single biggest factor affecting safety and health in America’s workplaces today is our aging workforce. Older workers offer valuable experience and job knowledge, but with that comes an increased risk of serious workplace injuries due to physiological changes affecting flexibility, strength, vision, hearing, and balance. Although older workers experience fewer total injuries than their junior counterparts, the injuries they do have tend to be more severe and require longer recovery times. With more than 30 million workers 55 years or older expected to be in the U.S. labor force by 2025, and huge numbers of workers remaining in the workforce well past traditional retirement age, employers face unique challenges in keeping employees safe and healthy and complying with a host of state and federal laws.
This webinar will review the realities of our nation’s aging workforce and how employers must carefully address these realities without running afoul of OSHA regulations and federal and state anti-discrimination laws, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Participants in this webinar learned about:
- Data and trends driving America’s aging workforce
- Impact of the aging workforce on workplace safety & health
- Related OSHA regulatory issues employers must monitor
- ADA and other age and disability discrimination pitfalls, including COVID-19 related concerns
This bonus program was the 19th webinar event in Conn Maciel Carey’s 2020 OSHA Webinar Series. Click here to view our full schedule, detailed program descriptions for all of the webinars in the 2020 OSHA Webinar Series. Stay tuned for info about the 2021 series! If you missed any of our past webinars in our annual OSHA Webinar Series, click here to subscribe to our YouTube channel and view our webinar archive.
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