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Age Discrimination and the Aging Healthcare Workforce: Using the Proper Legal Focus?

Age Discrimination and the Aging Healthcare Workforce: Using the Proper Legal Focus?

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Speaker: Bob Gregg, Boardman & Clark Law Firm

Length 90-minutes

Healthcare workers are working longer. Older workers need to work more years than they had planned. At the same time, younger employees are advancing in their careers. Retirement is not at 65 anymore, and 50 is not "old." State laws and federal laws offer these older employees a strong defense against age discrimination by healthcare employers. These are factors that contribute to an increase in age discrimination claims by both clinical and non-clinical staff members.

Many people are healthier and active longer. And the American labor market now has a median age (half the working population) of 40+ years old. Employers can benefit from the experience of those mature workers who stay for extra years.

But some employees are not active and healthy. Some people cannot perform at the level they used to. Increased technology in the medical practice and new ways of doing business are causing more challenges for some employees.

Employment law expert Bob Gregg, will discuss issues such as these:

  1. Do you know that failing to offer an employee a promotion because you expect him or her to retire soon is against the law?
  2. Do you know you may have company policies or company communications that have hidden trip wires?
  3. Do you have appropriate training in place for supervisors? From hiring new employees to terminating employees – or retirement – there are legal risks of age discrimination at every stage of employment.

The increasing number of older workers create opportunity and quandaries on fair evaluation, how to validly determine whether a person can effectively and safely continue in a job, corporate succession planning and more.

Greenbranch Publishing welcomes back Bob Gregg, from the Boardman & Clark Law Firm, for another practical employment law webinar. In plain language, he will cover these topics and more:

  1. Why the 81-year old doctor won the hiring case
  2. Workplace issues created by a range of ages
  3. Rights to evaluate fitness for duty or "direct threat of safety"
  4. Adaptation to new duties and new technology in light of Health IT, ICD-10
  5. Explore how to make valid, non-discriminatory decisions
  6. Training hints for you and your supervisors
  7. Understand termination and severance agreements and how they work
  8. The new legal issues that are emerging in age discrimination law

Meet Our Expert Speaker:

Bob Gregg a partner at the Boardman & Clark Law Firm in Madison, Wisconsin, has been involved in employment relations for more than 30 years. He litigates employment cases, representing employers in employment contracts, discrimination cases, FLSA, FMLA and all other areas of employment law. His main emphasis is helping employers achieve enhanced productivity. He has designed the workplace policies of numerous employers, creating positive work environments, and resolving employment problems before they generate lawsuits. Bob has conducted over 3,000 seminars throughout the United States and authored numerous articles on practical employment issues. Bob is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the National Speakers Association, is a National Faculty Member of the American Association for Affirmative Action and serves on the Board of Directors for the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute Foundation.