Feature: Coalition Hopes to Prepare Employers for Changing TIDE

World at WorkJanuary 10, 2020By Brett Christie A good portion of the dialogue from the previous decade centered around forthcoming automation and what overall effect the robots would have on the workforce. The conversation has mostly shifted from a fear of humans being replaced to an understanding that jobs will transition, and new roles will…

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AI and Automation Pose Challenges for General Counsel

It’s impossible to scan your inbox each morning without seeing a report, study or article predicting the impact of artificial intelligence (“AI”) in the workplace. Whether it’s the way AI and automation will transform the workplace by displacing millions of jobs and creating millions of others, the increased use of AI in things like hiring…

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Emma Coalition Testifies Before Congress on Technology-Induced Displacement of Employees

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – With proper preparation, employers and their workers can thrive amid the continued rise of the technology-induced displacement of employees (TIDE™). But the risk to employers and employees is great if Congress, businesses, educators and workers continue to ignore the dramatic changes presented by automation, robotics and artificial intelligence. Those were the words…

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PRESS RELEASE: Emma Coalition Supports Washington State’s Groundbreaking Report on the Future of Work

The Emma Coalition, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to preparing American businesses and government for the coming TIDE™ (the technology-induced displacement of employees), announces its support of the 2019 Policy Report released by Washington State’s Future of Work Task Force. The report, “Exploring and Developing Policies for Shared Prosperity among Washington’s Businesses, Workers, and Communities,”…

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New Report says AI is coming for White-Collar Jobs

A new report from the Brookings Institution finds that white-collar workers will also be affected by AI continuing its push into the workplace. The report, “What jobs are affected by AI? Better-paid, better-educated workers face the most exposure,” concludes that while automation will impact “routine” functions associated with blue-collar work, AI and machine learning are…

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People game hiring processes they know are carried out by an AI

New research into job-seeker attitudes to digitization, automation and AI in the recruitment process claims to reveal how job-seekers are cheating recruitment technology platforms, to better their chances of landing a job. The study, Hiring Humans vs. Recruitment Robots, identified several tactics used by survey responders. Of the tactics used, just over a fifth (22…

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Workers Are Worried Robots Will Steal Their Jobs. Here’s How to Calm Their Fears

While most people understand that A.I. is intended to cut out boring, repetitive parts of what they do, many are fearful of being replaced that they’re unwilling to hand over their drudge work to an algorithm. To address these anxieties, PwC launched a campaign two years ago to train its entire workforce of more than…

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A face-scanning algorithm increasingly decides whether you deserve the job

Designed by the recruiting-technology firm HireVue, the hiring system uses candidates’ computer or cellphone cameras to analyze their facial movements, word choice and speaking voice before ranking them against other applicants based on an automatically generated “employability” score. More than 100 employers now use the system, including Hilton, Unilever and Goldman Sachs, and more than…

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The Future of Warehouse Work: Technological Change in the U.S. Logistics Industry

According to a new report by the UC Berkeley Labor Center, automation will not wipe out warehouse jobs, but will make them harder. While some technologies could alleviate the most arduous tasks of warehouse work (such as heavy lifting), this likely will be coupled with attempts to increase the workload and pace of work, with…

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Federal Reserve Chair Says Automation May Worsen Inequality in Future

At a recent Federal Reserve event in Kansas City, Chair Jerome Powell suggested that workplace automation could exacerbate inequality in the coming decades. Powell pointed to the challenging “distributional consequences” of some work being performed much more efficiently and cheaply through automation. “The concern that you raise has always been the case, going back years…

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