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This institution offers classes for workers ages 55 and over through its Lifelong Learning Institute

Benefits/Financial: Full- and part-time employees are offered a 403(b) plan with employer match and a defined-benefit plan. Employees age 50 and over can make catch-up contributions to their plan and may invest in lifecycle funds that automatically re-allocate assets based on age or proximity to retirement.

Staff members and the staff from the financial services firm that administers the retirement plans provide financial information and training to employees.

Short- and long-term leaves of absence are offered without pay to allow for caregiving.

Full- and part-time employees are offered flu shots, health screenings, health risk appraisals, smoking cessation programs, health club discounts, as well as physical activity and weight loss programs.

The University of Pittsburgh offers its employees on-site child care for children of employees, and referral services to assist with child care, grandchild care, and eldercare.

Benefits/Alternative Work Arrangements: Full-and part-time employees can participate in flextime, job sharing and telecommuting. Employees working 37 or more hours per week are eligible to participate in compressed work schedules and a formal phased retirement program. Full-time employees are eligible to move to part-time work on a permanent or temporary basis.  

Opportunities for Retirees: The University of Pittsburgh has 2,024 retirees and an individual directly responsible for retiree relations. The university stays connected with its retirees by communicating regularly, inviting retirees to organization events and by providing ongoing access to retirement planning workshops and information. Retirees can work at the university in temporary work assignments.

Age of Workforce: Thirty-eight percent of University of Pittsburgh employees are age 50 and over. The average tenure of those employees is 15 years.

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