Four companies were recognized for their policies and practices that support workers 50 and older.

The Maine Workforce Board presented its Silver Collar Award to Care & Comfort of Waterville, Community Health Options of Lewiston, Moody’s Co-Worker Owned Inc. of Gorham and Associates for Training and Development, Vermont-based organization with a Maine chapter in Lewiston.

“I congratulate this year’s winners for recognizing the value that different employees bring to our workforce,” said Gov. Paul LePage in a release announcing the winners. “Our state needs and values the contributions of all members of our workforce, no matter their age, and the Silver Collar Awards recognize businesses who put these values into action.”

The award honors employers whose policies and practices match the needs of mature employees, capturing their skills and experience, strong work ethic, flexibility and enthusiasm, according to the release.

Associates for Training and Development provides training and employment services to workers 55 and older. It adjusts duties and responsibilities when appropriate to make the most of each person’s talents, and offers a mentoring program and flexibility in the workplace.

Care & Comfort has provided home health and mental health services since 1991. It offers flexibility, training and on-the-job coaching for older workers.

Community Health Options is a nonprofit provider of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. It offers a workplace flexibility and transition program.

And Moody’s is an autobody repair franchise with 33 percent of its workforce over 50. It maintains a diverse workforce, ranging from 18 to 70 years old.

One quarter of Maine’s current workforce is aged 55 and older, according to the state Department of Labor.

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