The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Older Worker Task Force will host the annual Older Worker Awards Ceremony on April 9. The Department is now accepting nominations for the awards.
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.
WHEN/WHERE: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., April 9, at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 Southwest 10th Ave., Topeka, Kan. 66605.
NOMINATION INFORMATION: Nominations for workers 55 and older and for companies that employ older workers are due by March 18. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations are accepted for three award categories:
• Outstanding Older Worker: Bestows appreciation on an older worker who demonstrates outstanding qualities of leadership, dedication and commitment. Nominations are open to the general public. Nominees must be 55 years or older, residents of Kansas and working at least 20 hours a week in paid employment. Previous winners are not eligible.
• Oldest Worker: Celebrates the tenacity and fortitude of the experienced worker and is awarded on the basis of age of those working for pay. Previous winners are not eligible.
• Employer of the Older Worker Award: Bestows appreciation on a business that promotes, recruits, retains and develops positive and friendly work environments for older workers.