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After Work: Automation and Employment Law, Part One

After Work: Automation and Employment Law, Part One

The labor world took notice when Andy Stern emerged from a years-long deep dive into the future of work, and concluded that the future will bring a lot less work.  His book, Raising the Floor, helped to spur a debate over the universal basic income (UBI), including on this blog.  But the underlying issue of technology-related job loss has not yet engaged the close attention of labor and employment law scholars.  That should change.  Even more than firms’ flight from direct employment through fissuring, their replacement of human labor with ever more capable and cost-effective technology threatens the foundations of economic and social life, and calls for a reexamination of prevailing approaches to regulation of employment.