AARP Employment Principles

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Protect people from discrimination—freedom from discrimination is a fundamental right. All workers—regardless of age, sex, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, or family caregiver status—deserve to be protected from arbitrary discrimination in all aspects of employment, including hiring, compensation, promotion, termination, and training. AARP supports policies and programs that seek to redress past and current discrimination through active measures that ensure equal opportunity in all areas of American life.

Expand employment opportunities and economic security—employment policy should remove barriers to and expand employment opportunities for all who are willing and able to work, minimize unemployment and underemployment, and promote economic security in order to enable individuals and their families to maintain a decent standard of living, enhance individual dignity, and foster economic growth.

Help vulnerable populations—vulnerable populations should receive special help in finding and keeping employment capable of sustaining a decent standard of living.

Increase job availability and quality—government and employers should promote job creation that accounts for the needs of older workers. They should also address deteriorating job quality such as stagnating wage levels, a decline in jobs with benefits, unpredictable schedules, and growth in contingent employment.

Improve human capital development—individuals, employers, and policymakers must each play a role in ensuring that workers of all ages can develop new and update existing skills as the economy and labor market change.