Preparing for the aging workforce

No mandatory retirement and an aging population means employers must adapt to having older workers
By Laura Williams
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 07/23/2014

Mandatory retirement has pretty much been abolished in all Canadian jurisdictions, which means employees can essentially remain on the job for as long as they want. If the job isn’t getting done, employers have to be careful not to be seen as using age as a factor in termination — in fact, they may find they have to accommodate workers due to their age.

Accommodation is just one thing that employers may find a necessity, as not only are workers free from being forced out at age 65, but a greater proportion of workers — along with the population as a whole — is older, thanks to the graying of the baby boom generation. Some employers might be preparing themselves for this new demographic reality, but others still have some work to do.