Entries by Littler.com

California AB 5 – How Significant Could One Bill Be?

In this podcast, Michael Lotito and Jim Paretti of Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute discuss pending California legislation – Assembly Bill 5 or “AB 5” – which is fast-tracking its way through the state legislature. The bill would codify portions of last year’s California Supreme Court decision in Dynamex v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County, in which the court instituted the “ABC test” for determining whether a worker is an independent contractor under state law. …

Next Generation Robotics and Workplace Health and Safety – How Businesses Safely Adopt Through Assessment and Prevention of Related Hazards

Natalie Pierce, co-chair of Littler’s Robotics, AI and Automation Practice group, and Alka Ramchandani Raj, Of Counsel member of the Workplace Safety and Health practice group, discuss how the use of robotics is affecting workplace safety and health. Natalie and Alka explain that while workplace repetitive stress injuries cost employers billions of dollars each year, OSHA has predicted that the integration of robotics will drastically reduce these injuries and associated costs. …

Digitization of the Workplace: The Impact of AI and Automation on the American Workforce

In this podcast, Aaron Crews, Littler’s Chief Data Analytics Officer, Natalie Pierce, co-chair of Littler’s Robotics, AI and Automation Practice Group and Diversity and Inclusion Council and Garry Mathiason, co-chair of Littler’s Robotics, AI and Automation Practice Group discuss what impact AI and automation will have on employers in the future.  …

Developing New Leadership Mindsets in the Age of Acceleration

In this podcast, Natalie Pierce, co-chair of Littler’s Robotics, AI and Automation Practice Group and Diversity and Inclusion Council, discusses with Tania de Jong AM the intersection of diversity and inclusion efforts with advancing technologies, such as robotics and AI. Tania is the Founder and Executive Producer of Creative Innovation Global, as well as an international soprano singer, speaker, and one of Australia’s most successful female entrepreneurs and innovators. …

The Effects of Using AI to Assess Applicants in the Netherlands and EU

Natalie Pierce, co-chair of Littler’s Robotics, AI and Automation Practice group and Eric van Dam from Littler’s office in Amsterdam (CLINT Littler), discuss the exciting opportunities and challenges resulting from the use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools in HR decision-making and reporting. Specific examples are provided of companies that are experiencing success in employing AI into such functions as recruitment and hiring; and the benefits – such as maximizing your talent pool and productivity efficiencies – that can be garnered for employers. …

Collaborative Robots: Progress, Potential and Overcoming Challenges for Adoption

In this podcast, Natalie Pierce, the Co-Chair of Littler’s Robotics, AI, and Automation Practice Group and Guillaume Desmoulin of Littler’s Paris office (Fromont Briens) discuss collaborative robots – or cobots. They explain cobots’ increasing integration into the workforce in both the United States and Europe and identify growth opportunities in several industries. Natalie and Guillaume also explore how businesses can utilize robots in their various forms to increase productivity and safety, while avoiding potential risks.  …

Social Security Mismatch Letters: Action Items for Employers

An employer receives a notification from the Social Security Administration that an employee’s name does not match his or her Social Security number in the employer’s records. What to do? In this podcast, Jorge Lopez, chair of Littler’s Global Mobility and Immigration Practice Group, and Hector Galeano, senior attorney in the practice group, discuss the latest round of SSA mismatch letters and what steps employers can take after receiving such a notice. …

Automation of Jobs and Managing Employee Morale

Natalie Pierce, the co-chair of Littler’s Robotics, AI and Automation Practice Group, and Jeff Burnstein, the President of the Association of Advancing Automation, discuss automation and robotics in the workplace, and their effects on morale. As Natalie and Jeff review how growing businesses institute new technologies, they address how employers can preserve employee morale by proactively explaining the benefits of automation initiatives, such as reduced injuries and better job satisfaction. …