Community Benefit Agreements: A New Tool to Reduce Poverty and Inequality – Maytree (US)

By Alan Broadbent and Alejandra Bravo

Extract

It is a promising idea: Every time you put up a construction crane, make sure you create opportunities for affordable housing or pathways to jobs in the trades. Economic development can produce opportunities in neighbourhoods across the country. In fact, every land use planning decision and every infrastructure . . . → Read More: Community Benefit Agreements: A New Tool to Reduce Poverty and Inequality – Maytree (US)

Recession and Expected Retirement Age: Another Look at the Evidence – The Gerontologist

ABSTRACT

Purpose: This article expands on earlier analyses that assessed whether the recent recession influenced retirement expectations. Design and Methods: Acknowledging that planning for retirement is a complex process influenced by personal preferences, resources, economic factors, institutional policies, and social norms, we test more comprehensive models than those used in previous studies, using data from . . . → Read More: Recession and Expected Retirement Age: Another Look at the Evidence – The Gerontologist

Changing business attitudes to older people can combat age discrimination while providing economic opportunities – AHRC

Extract

Commissioner Ryan has told a Business Breakfast in Canberra that the business community have a very powerful role to play in defeating ageism and age discrimination in our rapidly ageing population. At the same time, this same population presents business with enormous opportunity.

“Dramatically increased longevity here in Australia is posing many challenges to . . . → Read More: Changing business attitudes to older people can combat age discrimination while providing economic opportunities – AHRC

A Research Note on Age Discrimination and the Desire to Retire: The Mediating Effect of Psychological Empowerment – Research on Aging(GE)

ABSTRACT

Age discrimination is a common problem in organizations. In our pilot study, we want to explore the processes how the desired retirement age is influenced by age discrimination and see psychological empowerment as an important mediator for the relationship between these variables. Data stem from an online questionnaire completed by 130 employees from different . . . → Read More: A Research Note on Age Discrimination and the Desire to Retire: The Mediating Effect of Psychological Empowerment – Research on Aging(GE)

Expanded Scope of Practice and Aged Care Workforce Reform Progress Report – HWA

EXTRACT

Why workforce innovation and reform?

Health Workforce Australia’s (HWA) national workforce innovation and reform program is driving change across the health and aged care sectors that will create a more productive, sustainable and consumer-centred system for the future if implemented on a national level. Evidence is increasing on what service and workforce reforms work, . . . → Read More: Expanded Scope of Practice and Aged Care Workforce Reform Progress Report – HWA

Temporary Migrants as Vulnerable Workers: A literature review – MBIE (NZ)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract

The vulnerability of temporary migrants in the labour market is a policy issue that has received attention from a mix of international agencies (eg, the International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations (UN) and European Union) and those responsible for migrant welfare locally (governments and non-governmental organisations).

This report reviews the available . . . → Read More: Temporary Migrants as Vulnerable Workers: A literature review – MBIE (NZ)

Jobless numbers for young pointing to crisis, Brotherhood of St Laurence warns

Extract from an article by Steve Lillebuen

A youth jobs crisis is threatening to expand across Melbourne after the biggest rise in the unemployment rate – in the eastern suburbs instead of the struggling west.

Young people living in the western and northern suburbs already face the highest rates of unemployment in the city, at . . . → Read More: Jobless numbers for young pointing to crisis, Brotherhood of St Laurence warns

Self-Employment: The Answer for an Aging Workforce and a Sluggish Economy? – Huff Post

With diminished prospects for wage-and-salary work in recent years and projections of sluggish growth for at least the near term, as documented in the Congressional Budget Office’s February report on the economy, it’s natural to look for alternative forms of employment as a way for older Americans to cope with the current macroeconomic climate. Self-employment-either . . . → Read More: Self-Employment: The Answer for an Aging Workforce and a Sluggish Economy? – Huff Post

Students’ aspirations significantly impact their educational outcomes – NCVER

Aspirations have a substantial effect on educational outcomes as they influence whether students will complete Year 12 and go on to study at university, according to a recent study by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

Using data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY), the report – Educational outcomes: the impact . . . → Read More: Students’ aspirations significantly impact their educational outcomes – NCVER

Getting Back to Full Employment – Brookings (US)

ABSTRACT – Extract

Based on conventional estimates of the lowest unemployment rate consistent with stable inflation, the job market has been slack for much of the past three decades. This persistent excess supply of labor has created myriad problems, all of which remain with us to this day. High unemployment, particularly for the long-term unemployed, . . . → Read More: Getting Back to Full Employment – Brookings (US)

The contribution of education to economic growth in Australia, 1997-2009 – NCVER

Using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Survey of Education and Training, Tom Karmel estimates the impact of increasing education levels on economic growth in Australia between 1997 and 2009. He finds that increasing education levels are contributing to improved productivity at a rate of 0.14% per annum as well as having had . . . → Read More: The contribution of education to economic growth in Australia, 1997-2009 – NCVER

No discrimination protection in Coalition ‘Green Army’ – Crikey

EXTRACT

The Coalition’s Green Army program specifically removes protection against sexual, racial, disability and other forms of discrimination.

The 15,000 young people who intend to work in the Coalition’s “Green Army” will have no protections against racial, religious, sex or other forms of discrimination during their six months in the program, and will not be . . . → Read More: No discrimination protection in Coalition ‘Green Army’ – Crikey

Four generations or workers in same workplace by 2030? The Independent

Article by Cahal Milmo

Younger employees will mingle with colleagues old enough to be their great-grandparents. The boss is likely to be a woman, and a single career leading to a single pension will be a thing of the past.

These are among the findings of a Government-sponsored attempt to predict the future of work . . . → Read More: Four generations or workers in same workplace by 2030? The Independent

Event – Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference 2014

Gold Coast, 18-19 August 2014

The Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference in 2014 will focus on the at-risk groups:

Mature Age | Youth | Indigenous | Disability | Regional

These groups are the most vulnerable to economic change. They continue to have lower employment participation rates than what is needed to guard against poverty and disadvantage. . . . → Read More: Event – Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference 2014

Hard evidence: are young people’s job prospects improving? The Conversation

Extract from an article by Paul Gregg

Recessions always hit young people hard. Firms’ first response to declining orders is to stop hiring new recruits rather than sacking experienced staff. Young people disproportionately rely on new hiring to secure employment as they move from education into the world of work and seek to move to . . . → Read More: Hard evidence: are young people’s job prospects improving? The Conversation

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