Government to propose legal ban on age limits in recruitment

The ruling coalition parties agreed Wednesday to call for a legal ban on age limits when companies recruit workers, member lawmakers said. The proposed ban is aimed at helping young people and retired workers find jobs, they said.

The elimination of age restrictions in recruitment is currently a nonbinding target for companies under the existing law. But many firms set age brackets for eligible job applicants when they put up help-wanted advertisements, making it difficult for people in their late 20s or older to find full-time jobs. The practice is expected to gravely affect the labor market as the massive mandatory retirement of baby-boom workers begins this year, prompting many of them to seek new employment.