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The 'Perfect Storm' of Labor Law

It is a great headline, says Michael Fox at the blog Jottings by an Employer's Lawyer. Not mine above but one that appeared recently in the Dallas Business Journal warning, Labor Lawyers See Gray Storm Gathering. The article reported that labor lawyers see a perfect storm brewing for age-discrimination claims, fueled by the clash of economic reality and legal reality. The components:

  • Baby boomers aged 42 to 60 make up the largest group in the workplace, with 77 million men and women in the United States.
  • As baby boomers climb the corporate ladder, they become more expensive to employ.
  • As employers look at ways to keep costs down, they'll look at reducing their biggest expense: people.

The story lacks much in the way of substance, says labor-lawyer Fox. But that, he concludes, "doesn't mean there is not a lot of truth to it." One thing for sure, he adds: "It is a great headline."

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on March 20, 2007 at 05:26 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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