The Board of Trustees of Weber State University has approved early retirement for 38 employees.

The retirements were granted under a one-time option designed to accommodate faculty and staff affected by the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act that took effect last spring, said K. Stan Greenhalgh, director of human resources.The new federal law nullified the university's previous early retirement program. Federal employment officials approved a temporary substitute program for Weber State employees who had completed 15 years service and were at least 55 years old by next June 30.

A new program to provide an early retirement option in the future is now being prepared, Greenhalgh said.

Most of those choosing early retirement under the temporary plan - 19 faculty and 19 staff members - will leave their university posts by July.