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Transformative Technologies and the New American Workplace

(114 reviews)

Produced on July 14, 2016

$ 59 Intellectual Property Law and Labor & Employment Law In Stock

Course Information

Time 63 minutes
Difficulty Advanced

Course Description

Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and 21st Century Automation are rapidly changing and redefining where and how we work. These forces are inevitable, yet, they are entering a workplace governed by laws that were largely developed during the Industrial Age. Transformative technologies are becoming more integrated into the workplace, not only completing tasks autonomously, but also enhancing human performance and safety in the workplace.

With roughly half of American jobs being replaced by new technologies within the next two decades, employers will need to consider issues such as restructuring and the associated legal challenges, safety standards for collaborative robotics, privacy and disparate impact implications. Join Natalie Pierce, co-chair of the Robotics practice group at Littler Mendelson, and Garry G. Mathiason, Senior Partner and Co-Chair of Robotics, for this webcast as we navigate through the legal challenges and find solutions in today’s modern workplace.  

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the current landscape of transformative technologies in the employment context
  2. Articulate the legal challenges for employers of utilizing disruptive technology
  3. Discuss safety standards, privacy issues and disparate impact implications

Credit Information

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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.

Garry G. Mathiason

Littler Mendelson P.C.

Garry Mathiason, Esq., is a senior partner with Littler Mendelson, the largest global law firm exclusively devoted to labor and employment law. He originated and co-chairs Littler’s Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automation Practice Group, providing legal advice and representation to the robotics industry, as well as employers deploying this technology in the workplace. His robotics and AI practice includes workplace safety standards, privacy requirements, robot collaboration and human displacement, anti-discrimination law, and legislative and regulatory developments. He is widely recognized as a futurist and one of the leading authorities on employment law trends in the United States. He routinely advises Fortune 1000 companies regarding workplace law compliance, class action litigation, employee skill requirements, and retraining programs.

Mr. Mathiason has been named one of the top 100 most influential attorneys in the nation by the National Law Journal and has received the highest rankings from Chambers USA, Who’s Who Legal, and The Best Lawyers in America. In 2013, he was among ten attorneys recognized in Human Resource Executive’s inaugural Hall of Fame as one of the nation’s most powerful employment attorneys. He has argued cases before the U.S. and California Supreme Courts. Mr. Mathiason is a founder of NAVEX Global, the ethics and compliance experts, which provides superior legal compliance solutions through an array of GRC products and services.


Jeffrey J.

Fantastic work.

Julie A. B.

Remarkable. Captivating. Speakers and content held my attention from program launch.

Mary Ann S.

Very well done and eye opening.

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