Robots in the workplace requires employment law update says IBA

by Steve Randall06 Apr 2017
Robots in the workplace requires employment law update says IBA
Artificial intelligence and other technology advances require a change in employment law according to the International Bar Association.

Its Global Employment Institute’s report says that technology such as AI is creating a gap between current legislation and new laws needed for an emerging workplace reality.

“Jobs at all levels in society presently undertaken by humans are at risk of being reassigned to robots or AI, and the legislation once in place to protect the rights of human workers may be no longer fit for purpose, in some cases,” commented Gerlind Wisskirchen, IBA GEI Vice Chair for Multinationals, who coordinated the report.

Wisskerchen said that governmental collaboration across borders may be necessary in some areas of law relating to AI and other automation.

English Law Society meets with Korean Bar Association to talk Brexit
The potential harm for UK-based law firms post-Brexit has been addressed this week in a meeting between the Law Society of England & Wales, and local legal professionals in South Korea.

Law Society president Robert Bourns met with the Korean Bar Association and local law firms to talk about how things might alter when the UK leaves the EU; and will therefore be outside the current EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement.

Firms including Stephenson Harwood, Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith Freehills operate in South Korea under the EU deal but the Law Society Gazette reports that some local law firms are concerned about a further opening-up of the market if a UK deal is agreed.

Herbert Smith Freehills advises NAB on solar project
A team from Herbert Smith Freehills have advised National Australia Bank and the Sydney branch of Industrial Commercial Bank of China on a major project financing deal.

The $26.6 million Gullen Solar Farm project near Canberra will become Australia’s first large-scale solar farm to be co-located with wind turbines using the same grid connection infrastructure and will be built adjacent to the existing Gullen Range Wind Farm, 28 kilometres north west of Goulburn in New South Wales.

The Herbert Smith Freehills team was led by partner Gerard Pike, who was supported by solicitor, Matt Selth.

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