Thursday, September 04, 2008

New Zealand: Guidelines Issued for Retaining and Recruiting Mature Employees

New best practice guidelines to help employers look at innovative ways of retaining and recruiting mature employees have been released in New Zealand. The guide provides information both on older worker’s rights and responsibilities and tips for employers and was produced by a group comprising the Human Rights Commission, the Retirement Commission, the EEO Trust, Business New Zealand, the CTU and the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce. The guide--"Valuing Experience: a practical guide to recruiting and retaining older workers"--is available online and as a downloadable PDF.

According to Ruth Dyson, Minister for Social Development and Employment:
"The guidelines are part of The Tapping into the Talent of Older Workers project which builds on recent important steps, in particular the legislation to overcome age discrimination which has been important in shifting employer attitudes.

"Recent research by Victoria University's Institute of Policy Studies has highlighted changing employers' attitudes towards older workers. Many employers recognise that older workers are loyal, reliable, committed and have more experience. However, some employers also believed inaccurate stereotypes such as thinking that older employees are unable to adapt to new technologies. We need to do more to challenge these misconceptions and combat age discrimination."
Sources: Minister for Social Development and Employment News Release (September 3, 2008); New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Press Release (September 3, 2008)

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