Publication Date

October 2003


This report presents key findings from a survey that examines employer reactions to an older white-collar worker’s request for reduced hours. The survey was funded by the Sloan Foundation, and is the first of its kind to be carried out in a nationally representative sample of establishments. It focuses on establishments with 20 or more employees, at least two of whom are white-collar and age 55 or older. It finds that while few employers have formal policies toward phased retirement, many are willing to permit phased retirement on an informal basis.


Suggested Citation: Hutchens, R. (2003) The Cornell study of employer phased retirement policies: A report on key findings. Ithaca, NY. School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Cornell University.