Artificial Intelligence & Employment: Prepare Your Workforce for the Future

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Course Information

Time 60 Minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

As new technology drives the redefinition of the workforce, workplace, and work itself, we find ourselves in a time requiring constant re-learning and re-skilling. With nearly half of all jobs changing through rapid automation, it is crucial for businesses to understand how to integrate robotics and Artificial Intelligence into the workplace.

This program, taught by Natalie Pierce, Shareholder and Co-Chair of Littler Mendelson’s Robotics, AI and Automation Practice Group, will address practical steps required to successfully prepare your workforce for the implementation of robotics, including collaborative robotics, augmented and virtual reality, and various forms of Artificial Intelligence.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Anticipate legal issues and compliance solutions associated with 21st-century on-the-job training programs to embrace automation while minimizing risk
  2. Identify best practices to help employers and industries implement or support training programs that will provide workers with needed skills
  3. Create a company culture that will facilitate reskilling while improving employee productivity and morale
  4. Analyze worker skill sets and future skills gaps, as well as opportunities for mass online learning or augmented and virtual reality training to help bridge that gap, and customize the retraining experience to fit learners’ needs
  5. Share success stories of how companies have implemented comprehensive retraining programs and repositioning strategies while increasing productivity to decrease labor costs
  6. Discuss examples and guidelines for implementing improved and targeted workforce training and education so that employers, workers, and the economy as a whole can withstand and overcome technologically-induced unemployment 

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Natalie Pierce

Littler Mendelson P.C.

Natalie A. Pierce advises employers of all sizes, ranging from start-ups to global corporations, on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship. She focuses on identifying and avoiding problems before they arise through the use of compliance audits and development of workplace policies and procedures. She handles:

  • Workplace investigations
  • Competition and confidentiality matters
  • Employee classification issues
  • Employee terminations
  • Reductions-in-force

Additionally, Natalie is a litigator who represents corporations in all types of employment litigation matters before state and federal courts and agencies defending clients against claims involving discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, and retaliation. She also has extensive experience with both individual and class action wage and hour litigation, in cases involving:

  • Misclassification of employees
  • Unlawful deductions from employee pay
  • Improper record keeping
  • Missed meal and break periods

Natalie has handled numerous claims involving alleged violations of confidentiality, solicitation, and covenants not to compete, and often plays a significant role in assisting clients with structuring corporate transactions that minimize risk and maximize the value and success from a labor and employment perspective. Her experience spans the employment aspects of corporate transactions, including:

  • Conducting due diligence
  • Drafting employment, consulting severance and transitional services agreements
  • Pre- and post-closing integration activities

A skilled speaker, Natalie regularly provides training for clients and professional organizations on various topics, including:

  • Managing performance
  • Workplace audits
  • Employment issues in corporate restructuring
  • Harassment prevention
  • Workplace investigations
  • Wage and hour laws 

Natalie is co-chair of the firm’s Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Automation Practice Group, a member of the firm's Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets, Wage and Hour, and Business Restructuring practice groups and is co-chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.