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This lecture examines America's approach to its older workers over the past 50 years and likely future directions in light of a workforce that will age even without appreciable increase in participation rates. Will employers face labor and skills shortages that prompt them to find ways to attract and retain older workers? If so, will the available jobs appeal to older workers? What types of legal and institutional barriers do workers face in their search for employment and employers face in any efforts to hire and retain older workers? Dr. Sara E. Rix focuses her presentation on these and other challenges facing an aging America and on the shared responsibility of government, business, labor and workers in guaranteeing a productive workforce and promoting equitable opportunities for workers of all ages

In addition to Dr. Rix, the lecture features commentary by David D. Kadue and Shaun O'Brien.

The annual Kenneth M. Piper Lecture is sponsored by Chicago-Kent College of Law's Institute for Law and the Workplace. It is presented by the Kenneth M. Piper Endowment, which was established by a gift from Mrs. Kenneth M. Piper in memory of her husband. Mr. Piper was a distinguished executive with Motorola, Inc., and Bausch & Lomb, Inc., who made important contributions in human resources and labor relations for more than two decades.

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