Employment Services for the Elderly

Support for Employers Concerning Elderly Employment

Grants will be provided to employers who take measures to contribute to the stability of employment of the elderly. JEED seeks to realize a society with lifelong employment by providing counseling and other forms of support to the employers on technical issues concerning employment of the elderly as well as conducting research/surveys on the development of practical methods and publicity activities. These supports aim to facilitate employers’ initiatives in the development of companies where people can work regardless of their ages, by improving employment management for the elderly and securing a variety of vocational opportunities for them.

1.Providing Grants to Stabilize Employment of the Elderly

Grants to Promote Employment of the Elderly over 65

This grant is provided to employers in order to realize a society with lifelong employment where the elderly can work regardless of age as long as they have the will and the ability to work. The grant is composed of the following 3programs.

Grant to Promote the Continuous Employment of the Elderly over 65

A certain amount of grant will be provided to employers who take measures either to raise the retirement age,to abolish the compulsory retirement age system, or toestablish a continued employment system for employees who desire to continue working until the age of 66 or older, depending on the content of the measures and the extent to which the ages of retirement, etc., have been raised, as well as the number of employees aged 60 or over covered by employment insurance.

Grant to Improve Employment Management including the Evaluation System for the Elderly

This grant will be given to employers who streamline their employment management system for elderly workers by introducing or in some cases improving the following:employees’ wage and remuneration system that utilizes a method that evaluates the working ability of elderly workers,a telecommuting system, a training system, a specialists’ job system for elderly workers, a health management system, etc.

Grant to Transfer Elderly Workers’ Employment to Nonfixed Term

The grant will be provided to employers who transfer the fixed-term employees aged 50 or over but under the retirement age to a non-fixed term. The amount of grant depends on the number of employees transferred.

Requests for counseling and applications for grants should be submitted to the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities Services Department of the respective JEED prefectural offices. (Business Handling Department in Tokyo and Osaka prefectural offices.) (See pp. 23-26 for locations, etc.)

2.Counseling and Assistance on Employment of the Elderly

If private enterprises are to create working environmentsin which elderly individuals can fully exercise their abilities,it is necessary to reexamine the personnel managementsystems including wage and retirement benefit systems,development and improvement of vocational capability,development of job categories, and improvement of the work environment. Furthermore, to promote the elderly employment strategy more proactively, it is required to raisethe retirement age and extend the period of continuous employment. JEED appoints specialists with professional and practical expertise in the field of elderly employment such as socialinsurance labor consultants, small- and medium-sized enterprise management consultants, and management and labor consultants as planners for employment of the elderly over 65 (Employment Planner) and advisors on employment of the elderly (Advisors), in order to provide various services. Specifically, Advisors provide companies with counseling and support on overall technical problems involved in employing elderly persons, while Employment Planners provide counseling and support to companies through proposals on concrete system improvements related to the extension of continued employment over 65 and raising the retirement age to 65 and over, based on the specialized knowledge accumulated at JEED. Also, based on requests from the companies, Advisors will make proposals for practical improvement to promote employment of the elderly. Furthermore, when requested by the companies, Advisors will provide training for the corporate workplace managers,as well as for the middle-aged and older employees to strengthen their motivation.

Counseling/advice by Employment Planner

3.Development of Practical Methods

Considering the falling birthrate and aging populationas well as a future shrinking labor force in our country, it has become increasingly essential for the elderly to play an active role in supporting our society.
Given the circumstances, in order to promote the extension of continued employment over 65 and raise the retirement age to 65 and over with the aim of realizing a society with lifelong employment, JEED develops practical methods pertaining to the expansion of job categories and the reexamination of wages, personnel management systems, and training programs while fully grasping the
challenges and needs of companies and clarifying the solutions and areas of improvement that can be taken by them to ensure that the elderly become a substantial part of the workforce.
Practical methods developed by JEED are compiled into reports, and summaries are provided on the website to be used in work settings as a reference for corporate approaches to the employment of the elderly. More so,they are used by Employment Planners and Advisors as explanatory materials when conducting counseling and support activities at companies. Furthermore, Employment Planners and Advisors utilize these materials to improve their knowledge and consulting/supporting skills.
The reports are also utilized on TV, in newspapers, and in magazines as news or in commentary articles.

Helpful Career Tips for Active Aging in the Workplace

Guideline for Promoting Employment of Elderly by Industries

Collection of Cases Promoting Employment of the Elderly over 65

4.Educational Activities to Realize a Society with Lifelong Employment

JEED collects and provides information on employers’ good practices in order to disseminate and promote the concept of companies where people can work regardless of their ages and to further propose improvement of systems related to the extension of continued employment over 65 and raising the retirement age to 65 and over.
JEED accumulates companies’ good initiatives that will help to improve the work environment for elderly workers and holds contests to recognize the best practices, with the awards ceremony at the Elderly Employment Development Forum being held every year in October, the designated Elderly Employment Support Month. In the Forum, companies have opportunities to introduce their initiatives.
In addition, JEED makes efforts to promote understanding aimed at realizing a society with lifelong employment through local workshops, held for companies to present their improvement initiatives and creativity as well as exchange opinions, and symposia, held under the theme of developing the evaluation and remuneration system to introduce personnel system which allows the elderly over 65 to work.
Also, JEED makes efforts to collect companies’ various initiatives, including raising retirement age to 65 and over. The information on their good practices in elderly employment as well as measures to address an aging society are to be broadly disseminated to the general public and companies through the website that introduces the employment promotion of the elderly over 65 and
the relevant outcomes, with the aim of building national momentum towards realizing a society with lifelong employmen

“Elder” - Elderly Employment Educational Journal

Elderly Employment Development Forum

Holding of symposia nationwide toward the“Realization of a Society with Lifelong Employment”

The Truth about Extension of Retirement age&The Truth about Continued Employment

Collection of Cases Promoting Employment of the Elderly over 65