Brief Policies for an Aging Labor Force
Keeping Older Workers with Health Conditions Employed
Jack Smalligan, Chantel Boyens
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Each year, millions of older workers leave the labor force and retire prematurely, often because of health shocks. The COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn have only exacerbated this. In this brief, we explore how providing workplace accommodations can help more workers remain in the labor force. Although we focus on workers over age 55, workplace accommodations could also help many younger workers who develop a health condition that inhibits their ability to work. States with paid leave programs are especially well positioned to help workers stay in the labor force.

Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Health and health care Wealth and financial well-being Aging and retirement Social safety net Workforce Disability equity policy
Tags Social Security Workforce development Older workers Employment and income data Public health Mobility Disability Insurance Beyond high school: education and training Retirement policy Social determinants of health
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center