AARP Names Four California Employers As Best Employers for Workers Over 50

PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ — Four employers from California have been named to the AARP list of 2008 Best Employers for Workers Over 50, announced today. Scripps Health of San Diego, Wells Fargo & Company of San Francisco, Northern California Presbyterian Homes & Services of San Francisco and The Aerospace Corporation of El Segundo join a diverse group of 50 forward-thinking employers, recognized by AARP for demonstrating that enlightened policies toward 50-plus employees make good business sense. The complete list can be found at\bestemployers.

“In California, corporations, educational institutions and health care employers are increasingly recognizing the importance of innovative policies — such as, flexible work schedules, retiree relations programs, professional development, good health benefits and opportunities to save for retirement — as they seek to retain and recruit experienced workers,” said AARP California State Director Tom Porter.

“These employers have demonstrated progressive policies and programs for workers over 50, and have earned the honor,” added Porter.

New to this year’s list are Bay-area companies Wells Fargo & Company and Northern California Presbyterian Homes & Services. Both companies, along with Scripps Health and The Aerospace Corporation, offer a variety of creative programs for experienced workers, including phased retirement, return-to-work programs and retiree websites designed for former employees.

Other employers which were acknowledged by AARP for their outstanding programs include Cornell University, which finished first; Scripps Health of San Diego, which finished second, and S. C. Johnson and Son, Inc. of Racine, Wisconsin, third. S. C. Johnson was first in 2007. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) became the first federal agency to receive the AARP honor since the program began in 2001. NIH finished eleventh.

The Best Employers winners, and the winners of a separate International Innovative Award, will be honored at a dinner on October 7 in Chicago. A CEO roundtable will also be held that day, focusing on AARP’s new Workforce Assessment tool and the critical need to manage talent and anticipate future employee needs.

AARP The Magazine will feature the 2008 Best Employers in its November-December issue, in homes September 25, along with an extensive feature story on recareering and discovering new passions at age 50+. The complete article and list can also be found online at

AARP invites employers to apply for the Best Employers honor by submitting an electronic application outlining their exemplary policies and practices toward 50 and over workers.

Candidates are vetted to ensure that practices meet the needs of mature workers. Key areas of consideration include: recruiting practices, opportunities for training, education and career development; workplace accommodations; alternative work options, such as flexible scheduling, job sharing, and phased retirement; employee health and pension benefits; retiree work opportunities, and training and development.

   2008 Best Employers Winners   Rank, Company Name                                 City, State    1   Cornell University                             Ithaca, NY   2   Scripps Health                                 San Diego, CA   3   S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.                      Racine, WI   4   The YMCA of Greater Rochester                  Rochester, NY   5   Lee Memorial Health System                     Fort Myers, FL   6   Securian                                       St. Paul, MN   7   First Horizon National Corporation             Memphis, TN   8   Stanley Consultants                            Muscatine, IA   9   Bon Secours Richmond Health System             Richmond, VA   10  Blue Cross Blue Shield Association             Chicago, IL   11  National Institutes of Health                  Bethesda, MD   12  Central Florida Health Alliance                Leesburg, FL   13  Brevard Public Schools                         Viera, FL   14  Massachusetts Institute of Technology          Cambridge, MA   15  Atlantic Health                                Morristown, NJ   16  TriHealth, Inc.                                Cincinnati, OH   17  Mercy Health System                            Janesville, WI   18  Adecco Group North America                     Melville, NY   19  Beaumont Hospitals                             Royal Oak, MI   20  L.L.Bean, Inc.                                 Freeport, ME   21  Massachusetts General Hospital                 Boston, MA   22  Jennings Center for Older Adults               Garfield Heights, OH   23  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina   Durham, NC   24  Virginia Commonwealth University               Richmond, VA   25  Pinnacol Assurance                             Denver, CO   26  Saint Vincent Health System                    Erie, PA   27  National Rural Electric Cooperative       Association                                    Arlington, VA   28  Centegra Health System                         Crystal Lake, IL   29  Frankford Candy & Chocolate Co.                Philadelphia, PA   30  Nashoba Valley Medical Center                  Ayer, MA   31  George Mason University                        Fairfax, VA   32  Wells Fargo & Company                          San Francisco, CA   33  Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey   Newark, NJ   34  Harvard University                             Cambridge, MA   35  Northern California Presbyterian       Homes & Services                               San Francisco, CA   36  Manheim                                        Atlanta, GA   37  ACUITY                                         Sheboygan, WI   38  DentaQuest                                     Charlestown, MA   39  The Aerospace Corporation                      El Segundo, CA   40  Express Personnel Services                     Oklahoma City, OK   41  Nevada Federal Credit Union                    Las Vegas, NV   42  Pepco Holdings Inc.                            Washington, DC   43  Michelin North America                         Greenville, SC   44  Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation  Huntsville, AL   45  Pearson                                        Upper Saddle River, NJ   46  CTTRANSIT                                      Hartford, CT   47  Vanguard                                       Valley Forge, PA   48  Centers for New Horizons                       Chicago, IL   49  Hanson Professional Services Inc.              Springfield, IL   50  FINRA                                          Washington, DC     About AARP  

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world’s largest-circulation magazine with over 33 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP’s 39 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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