Department of Aging Asks for Nominations to Honor Employers that Champion Older Workers

Oct 20, 2010, 16:23 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Aging

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Aging is seeking nominations for the annual Champions of Older Workers award, which honors employers that create job opportunities for workers 55 and older.

"Mature workers are a tremendous asset to Pennsylvania businesses because they work hard and care about doing a good job," said Secretary of Aging John Michael Hall. "Smart employers recognize the value of this important and growing segment of the working population."

One employer will be selected for Pennsylvania's Hall of Fame of Champions of Older Workers in recognition of its efforts to hire and train older members of the workforce. Some companies maintain a percentage of workers over 55 while others offer flexible work hours to accommodate the schedules of older employees.

It is estimated that by 2012, Pennsylvania's most experienced workers – ages 45 to 64 – will account for 40 percent of the state's labor force, compared with 36 percent in 2002.

Nomination forms are available at and must be submitted by Dec. 3. The winner will be honored next spring.

For information about the Department of Aging, visit or call 717-783-1549.

Media contact: Jane Crawford, 717-783-1549

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Aging