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Asset or Adversary? Examining AI’s impact on work and labour relations by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society

February 15 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

In this webinar, a panel of experts will explore the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the world of work and the implications for labour relations:

  • Are concerns about AI’s impact on work overblown? Is this technological advance really different from previous technological revolutions that raised similar concerns about unemployment and the dehumanization of work?
  • What aspects of work are most likely to be affected by AI? Is replacement of workers the only concern? Is encroachment upon employee privacy also of concern?
  • Will human resources be taken over by “algorithmic management,” e.g. filtering applications for employment, assessing employee performance, making decisions regarding termination of employment?
  • Will AI take over labour relations tasks such as writing policies, interpreting contract language, drafting grievances, researching law, formulating arguments based on precedent, or even deciding the outcome of grievances?
  • What privacy issues are raised by the introduction of new AI technologies into the workplace? What lessons can be learned from recent arbitration decisions?
  • How should parties address concerns about work intensification related to AI?
  • How can workplace parties use AI to render it an “asset” while avoiding the drawbacks that may render it an “adversary”?