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After Work: Automation and Employment Law, Part Three

After Work: Automation and Employment Law, Part Three

For over a century, workers and their organizations have struggled to raise labor standards and expand employee rights and benefits.  Whatever the benefits to workers and the society, to any one private firm those laws represent a tax on employing human labor, and part of the calculus in decisions to contract out work or to replace people with machines.  A logical though dispiriting response to plausible predictions of escalating net job losses would be to find ways to unburden the employment relationship.