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    Legislator introduces senior adult hiring bill

    A state legislator introduced a senior adult hiring bill that would mandate public agencies fill 2 percent of vacancies with older adults

    A lawmaker with the National Regeneration Movement Party proposed a senior adult hiring bill for the government fills two percent of vacancies with older adults.

    Assemblywoman Gloria Arcelia Miramontes said in a statement that the elderly population is one of the most vulnerable sectors of society at all levels.

    At the same time, senior adults are a population group exposed to socioeconomic and biological factors that determine its greater vulnerability compared to other population sectors.

    Miramontes said the bill seeks to reform the Law to Prevent and Eradicate Discrimination in the State of Baja California.

    According to Miramontes, the proposal seeks to guarantee that at least 2 percent of the total workforce of the State’s government is destined for the hiring of older adults.

    The lawmaker emphasized that most of the income-generating activities of the elderly are those that come from self-employment.

    This may be the result of both discrimination that hinders older people’s access to paid employment, and their desire to work independently, Miramontes said.

    The government can take advantage of the qualifications acquired by senior adults and do so under conditions that allow greater flexibility for their working schedules.

    Miramontes mentioned that the indolence and contempt of private companies to grant decent employment to the elderly, and even to those who have squandered their lives in favor of a company, is common.

    Survey

    Miramontes pointed out that a Mexican employment survey shows that the majority of the employed population aged 60 or over is self-employed (49.6 percent), followed by subordinate and paid workers (37.6 percent).

    Few reach old age and have the resources to be employers (8.9 percent).

    Others do not receive remuneration for their work (3.9 percent), the lawmaker said.

    It is in these last two categories a significant gender gap is observed, the legislator explained.

    The percentage of older adult male employers (10.8 percent) represents double that of women (5 percent).

    As for unpaid workers, women (8.4 percent) have a much greater presence — almost five times more — than men (1.8 percent), the lawmaker said.


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