Nation: Life After 65

Reprieve on forced retirement

The U.S. last week took the bold (some say foolhardy) step of embarking on a major social experiment with little solid information on what its impact will be. President Carter signed a bill, passed overwhelmingly by both houses of Congress, that will outlaw the widespread practice of requiring workers to retire at the age of 65. Most workers will not be forced to retire solely because of age until they reach 70. Consequences of the change are so uncertain that the law itself calls for a study to assess its own effect.

The new law reflects the growing influence...

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