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  • Working pensioners important for Czech labour force

    A recent study of the Czech workforce, conducted by the Czech Statistical Office, has shown that pensioners made up almost 5% of the economically active population in 2010, and more than 5% of all pensioners are still in work. This section of the workforce shows specific characteristics relating to...
  • EU population is ageing and more diverse

    A report by the European Commission has confirmed that its population is ageing, with the median age expected to rise from 40.6 years in 2009 to 47.9 years by 2060. The Demography Report 2010, issued in March 2011, shows that the working population is also ageing, with the proportion of older...
  • ‘Evil Eleven Syndrome’: The dark side of workplaces

    Research based on a framework developed at the Tampere University School of Management reveals the dark side of Finnish workplaces, which weakens both worker well-being and performance. Organisational inefficiency was analysed both theoretically and empirically with the aim of locating its sources...
  • Older workers face discrimination

    Annual surveys carried out by Synovate for the Centre for Senior Policy since 2003 have revealed perceived age discrimination among older employees in Norway. The 2010 survey found that, although the prevalence of age discrimination is still lower than seven years ago, it increased in 2010 compared...
  • Employers consider employees ‘old’ at age 58.5

    According to a study by the Ministry of Employment’ statistics arm, Dares, the attitude of French employers towards older workers has changed: employers now believe an employee is ‘old’ at age 58.5 compared with 55 in a similar study carried out in 2001. However, the study also found that employers...
  • Lack of professional training and career advancement of older workers

    Older workers evaluate their working abilities very positively according to a survey carried out by the Czech Occupational Safety Research Institute. The majority are willing to participate in professional training but less than half had done so in the previous year. Older workers do not feel that...
  • Constitutional Tribunal rules different retirement age for women as non-discriminatory

    In response to a request from the Ombudsman, the Polish Constitutional Tribunal ruled on 15 July 2010 that the different statutory retirement age for women (60 years) and men (65 years) in Poland does not contradict the country’s constitutional provisions on gender discrimination. The Tribunal...
  • Heavy work and the possibility of early retirement

    Occupations involving ‘heavy work’ may be exempt from the proposal by the Dutch government to increase the retirement age from 65 to 67 years. The concept of heavy work is multi-dimensional; it should not be solely about physically heavy work but should at least also take account of the...
  • New outlook for occupational risk trends

    A new report published by the Danish Working Environment Authority provides an outlook for occupational risk trends for the period 2010 to 2020. The report emphasises that occupational risks should not be considered as changing abruptly but rather as evolving gradually. According to the report, the...
  • Stricter sick leave rules results in insurance savings

    Hungary’s National Health Insurance Fund (OEP) managed to achieve a positive budget balance in 2008, according to recent findings. The savings are thought to be linked to the first stage of a health reform in early 2007, introducing stricter rules for sick leave and the supervision and review of...

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