Income earned through employment is the foundation of most people’s savings and retirement income.
These principles provide a framework for key components of low-income assistance, including income and nutrition assistance programs, access to social supports, and access to basic necessities.
A variety of government policies and employer practices safeguard the rights of workers to fair treatment, safety in the workplace, and a measure of financial security.
All levels of government have developed standards and guidance to ensure fair employment practices. They address wages, working conditions, and other aspects of work.
In addition to Social Security and Medicare, employers are required to participate in two forms of insurance to protect their workers. One is the joint federal-state unemployment insurance system.
Older workers may choose to or need to continue working. However, they face discrimination based on age, especially in layoffs and hiring.