New York's first annual Mature Worker Task Force Report to the Governor and the Legislature has been released. The report reflects the Task Force's background research, draft of overarching goals and objectives to frame the work of the Task Force, and identificattion of potential actions to explore with the full Task Force in the upcoming years. This preparatory work will be used as a starting place for the work of the full Mature Worker Task Force, which is scheduled to begin in the fall 2008 when full Task Force membership is anticipated to be in place.
The report identifies the Task Force's overarching purpose: "To improve economic development and the economic security of older adults through opportunities that recognize the value of mature workers and also seek to retain, retrain and offer second careers that will fill anticipated areas where there will be a labor deficit."
With respect to goals, the Task Force will address workforce shortage and workplace flexibility issues, expand employment opportunities for mature workers, and address age discrimination in the workplace. The four primary have been identified as (1) identify best practices for hiring, retaining, and retraining mature workers; (2) identify and address statutory and regulatory provisions limiting opportunities for mature workers; (3) serve as a clearinghouse for information for businesses seeking to hire mature workers and for mature workers seeking employment; and (4) assess effectiveness and cost of mature worker-related programs New York State has implemented.
Source: Mature Worker Task Force Report (July 29, 2008)