Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Age Policy

Basis for Policy

The Research Foundation has established the policy on nondiscrimination on the basis of age so that the Research Foundation is in compliance with federal and state laws, including the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 was passed in order to provide legal protection for the employment rights of people from 40 to 65 years of age. This act was amended in 1978 to protect people to 70 years of age. The act was further amended in 1986 to eliminate mandatory retirement at any age by removing the upper limit on the protected age group.

The Research Foundation must also comply with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. The New York State Human Rights Law guarantees equal opportunity to obtain employment without discrimination because of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sex, or marital status. The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 prohibits discrimination on the basis of age in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

The Research Foundation is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of all forms of discrimination because of a person's age. Fair and equitable treatment of all Research Foundation staff is important for both the employee's morale and to ensure the Foundation's effectiveness as an organization.

Policy

The Research Foundation will ensure that discrimination does not occur against people who are 18 years of age or older in any Research Foundation programs or activities or in any of the sponsored programs or activities administered by the Research Foundation.

The Research Foundation will employ, advance in employment, and otherwise treat people 18 years of age or older without discrimination in all employment practices. These employment practices include, but are not limited to, advertising, recruitment, promotion, demotion or transfer, layoff or termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and selection for training.

Requirements

Informing Employees/Supervisors of Policy

The Research Foundation operations manager or designee must ensure that all Research Foundation employees and their supervisors are fully informed of the policy on age discrimination (See Policy on Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Age in the Forms resource area) and of the availability of the procedure for resolving allegations of discrimination, which is located in the Equal Employment Opportunity procedure group of the Employees: Personnel Administration business area. The operations manager or designee will inform all new Research Foundation employees of the policy during orientation.

The affirmative action officer or designee must be available to respond to any questions regarding the policy on nondiscrimination on the basis of age.

Training

At all operating locations, the affirmative action officer or designee must provide supervisors with appropriate training and information to enable them to recognize, avoid, and resolve situations involving discrimination on the basis of age.

Maintaining Records

The Research Foundation operations manager or designee must maintain cumulative records of all personnel transactions which enable the Research Foundation to demonstrate that all personnel and employment practices are administered fairly and are uniformly applied to all candidates and employees regardless of age.

These cumulative records to be maintained include, but are not limited to, the following important areas:

Complaint Procedure

When employees feel that the policy on age discrimination has been violated, operating locations must inform employees that the procedure for resolving allegations of discrimination is available to them.

Responsibilities

Operating Locations

The campus president or designee has the overall responsibility and authority for the location's affirmative action efforts regarding nondiscrimination on the basis of age.

The affirmative action officer or designee has the daily responsibility and authority for the location's efforts regarding nondiscrimination on the basis of age.

The Research Foundation operations manager or designee is responsible for ensuring that all Foundation employees and their supervisors are fully informed of the policy on age discrimination and of the availability of the procedure for resolving allegations of discrimination.

Corporate Affirmative Action Office at Central Office

The corporate affirmative action officer or designee is responsible for ensuring that each operating location is complying with the policy and requirements described in this procedure.

 

 

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