Essential Jobs, Remote Work and Digital Surveillance: Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic Panopticon

International Labour Review, Forthcoming, 2022

25 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2021

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Antonio Aloisi

IE Law School, IE University

Valerio De Stefano

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

COVID-19-induced digital surveillance has ballooned in an unprecedented fashion, causing a reconfiguration of power relationships in professional settings. This article critically concentrates on the interplay between technology-enabled intrusive monitoring and the managerial prerogatives augmentation in physical and digital workplaces. It portrays excessive control as the common denominator for “essential” and “remotable” activities, besides discussing the various drawbacks of the two categories of workers during the pandemic. It also assesses the adequacy of the current EU legal framework in addressing the expansion of data-driven management. Social dialogue, empowerment and digital literacy are identified as effective solutions to promote organisational flexibility, well-being and competitiveness.

Keywords: essential workers, work-from-home, digital surveillance, COVID-19 pandemic, electronic performance monitoring, managerial prerogatives, algorithmic management, collective bargaining

JEL Classification: J51, J58, J71, K31, M12, M15, M54

Suggested Citation

Aloisi, Antonio and De Stefano, Valerio, Essential Jobs, Remote Work and Digital Surveillance: Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic Panopticon (2021). International Labour Review, Forthcoming, 2022, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3936919

Antonio Aloisi (Contact Author)

IE Law School, IE University ( email )

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Office 11.10
Madrid, 28046
Spain

HOME PAGE: http://www.ie.edu/law-school/faculty-research/faculty/antonio-aloisi/

Valerio De Stefano

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

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