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Posted on: February 7, 2012

Older Worker Awards ceremony, job fair set for March 30 in Topeka

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Older Worker Task Force will host the annual Older Worker Awards Ceremony on March 30.

This event honors older workers who continue to play a very important role in the Kansas workforce and economy, as well as their employers. Honorees will include older workers who are employed in both public and private sector jobs, and businesses and companies that regularly employ workers age 55 and older. U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics show more than six and a half million people age 65 and older remain in the workforce – a significant increase over previous years.

WHAT: Older Worker Awards ceremony and job fair. Kansas Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee is scheduled to deliver the keynote address and present awards.

WHEN/WHERE: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., March 30, at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 Southwest 10th Ave., Topeka, Kan. 66605. A job fair will follow the ceremony from 1-4 p.m.

NOMINATION INFORMATION: Nominations for workers 55 and older and for companies that employ older workers are due by March 2. The online forms can be found at KansasCommerce.com/OlderWorkers. For more information about the ceremony contact the Department’s Susan Weidenbach at (785) 296-7842 or sweidenbach@kansascommerce.com. Nominations are accepted for three award categories:

• Outstanding Older Worker: Given to an older worker who demonstrates outstanding qualities of leadership, dedication and commitment. Nominations are open to anyone 55 or older.

• Oldest Worker: Given to an experienced worker who shows tenacity, effort and fortitude and awarded on the basis of age of those working for pay. Previous winners are not eligible.

• Employer of the Older Worker Award: Given to a business that promotes, recruits, retains and develops positive and friendly workplaces for older workers.

JOB FAIR INFORMATION: Registration is not required for the job fair. Exhibitor application forms are available at KansasCommerce.com/OlderWorkers. Exhibitors may contact Weidenbach with questions.

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