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March 16, 2011

Weekly Wednesday HR Acronym – ADEA

What is the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ( ADEA )?

The ADEA prohibits companies with at least 20 employees from considering age in employment decisions for persons aged 40 or older.  Employment decisions include hiring, compensation, benefits, promotions, and training unless a specific exception to the law applies.  One of the main provisions of the Act is that employers, with very few exceptions, can no longer force an employee to retire. 

States may have their own laws that affect these decisions as well so it is advised you review your state’s statutes for more information.

For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Web site at


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