Quotas for employees “45+”: solution of the problem or populism?

The Ministry of Social Policy proposes to introduce quotas for persons of pre-retirement age. To this end, the amendments to the law, which will require employers to have at least 4-5% of people at the age after 45 years, should be made.

According to Interfax-Ukraine , such intentions were announced by the Minister Andrey Reva at the parliamentary hearings on the priority of compliance with insurance principles within the framework of pension system reform.

According to the Minister, the refusal of many employers to hire people of pre-retirement age is a big problem that can be solved by introducing minimum quotas for such employees.

At the same time, a human rights activist, a coordinator of the campaign against discrimination, Irina Tekuchova , considers that such a proposal “will be so far a simple populist measure that will not cost the state anything and put employers in a difficult position, forcing them to hire people who are suitable for the age quota only “on paper”, as it happens under quotas for the employment of persons with disabilities”.

“In the EU countries, there are different mechanisms for encouraging both employers and workers of pre-retirement age. For example, in Bulgaria the state reimburses the employer for the first year’s salary if he employs a person at the age after 50. Romania and Malta offer tax benefits for the employer, if he creates jobs, hires and conducts employee training at the age after 40 (Malta), 45 (Romania)”, noted Ms.Tekuchova in her comments to the Center for Information on Human Rights .

According to her, the introduction of quotas can be an effective temporary measure only in the context of implementing a comprehensive policy of equality, which will include methods of encouragement, protective measures for workers (health, safety), information and education components.

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