Collaborative Robots at Work

(197 Ratings)

Produced on: June 16, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

A growing number of American workers are training their robot replacements to take over their jobs. In many instances, this frees workers from dull, dirty or dangerous work, allowing them to increase productivity, reduce injuries caused by repetitive work, and focus on upskilling to improve work life experience. However, as collaborative robots (“cobots”) become a more common form of co-worker, employers and their attorneys have questions about best practices for integrating robots in their workplaces, staffing considerations, and privacy laws. This program, taught by Natalie Pierce, the Co-Chair of Littler Mendelson’s Robotics, AI & Automation Industry Group, will provide an overview of the legal status of cobots in the workplace.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Assess communication strategies around the introduction of collaborative robots
  2. Prepare existing workforces to partner with cobots
  3. Understand staffing considerations when evaluating cobots
  4. Identify best practices for maintaining consents and employer privacy


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.


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Nikita M. W.

Simply put, TERRIFIC!

Cynthia Coulter M.

Excellent course! Strongly recommend the video on this one, there are clips to watch.

Lea G.

Such an exciting topic. some social interaction would be nice.

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