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To the Editor:—
In the editorial "Inactivity or Employment for Older Workers" (J. A. M. A.154:242 [Jan. 16] 1954) appears the statement: "The best solution is the creation of a panel to include one or more high level executives and the industrial physician to judge each case on its merits...." In my opinion the presence of management representatives on such a panel is undesirable, as it arouses a sense of suspicion in the employee and among interested union officials. This distrust was apparent when, in 1952 at the request of the U.A W.-C.I.O., the question of compulsory retirement of employees at age 68 was reviewed by officials of a corporation of which I was then medical director.After a combined study, a new agreement superseding the existing contract was accepted. The salient features were those that follow. 1. Each union member is asked to report to the medical
Vorhaus MG. RETIREMENT FOR OLDER EMPLOYEES. JAMA. 1954;154(10):854. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940440052019