7 in 10 firms not hiring older workers

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By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/14/2013

Home Depot actively recruits older workers for all positions at the company. It partners with CARP, a Toronto-based advocacy group for people over 50, to conduct career fairs, send out newsletters and launch advertising campaigns targeted at older workers, said Alicia Martin, retail staffing manager, employment branding, at Home Depot in Toronto.

“It’s important for us to have a workforce that’s representative of the diverse community in which we serve,” she said. “We definitely do value them.”

Nearly one-third (31 per cent) of the company’s 28,000 employees are 50 and older, and six per cent are 65 and older. They are represented throughout the stores, at the management level and in corporate positions, said Martin.