Algorithmic Management and a New Generation of Rights at Work

Institute of Employment Rights (2024)

44 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2024

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Joe Atkinson

University of Southampton

Philippa Collins

University of Bristol

Date Written: February 01, 2024

Abstract

Technology has revolutionised the world of work over the past 30 years. Now its radically changing the way that people are managed at work, from how they are hired and fired to how their work is allocated, monitored and evaluated. The increasing use of complex algorithmic management tools to automate or augment functions traditionally carried out by human managers poses a significant threat to workers’ rights, working conditions, and ability to exercise their agency in the workplace. In this report Dr Joe Atkinson and Dr Philippa Collins argue that existing employment law frameworks are inadequate to meet the challenges posed be these applications of ‘artificial intellegence’ in the workplace. They reject the UK's current laissez faire approach to regulating new technologies in the workplace and instead make the case for proactive legal reforms that are urgently needed for the governance of AI at work. The proposed framework gives workers a genuine say in how algorithmic management systems are used and implemented. It also provides workers with the rights needed to protect against, and ensure appropriate accountability for, the potential harms of these technologies.

Keywords: Employment law, Algorithmic management, Labour Law, Human rights

Suggested Citation

Atkinson, Joe and Collins, Philippa, Algorithmic Management and a New Generation of Rights at Work (February 01, 2024). Institute of Employment Rights (2024), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4853536 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4853536

Joe Atkinson (Contact Author)

University of Southampton ( email )

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Southampton SO17 1BJ, Hampshire SO17 1LP
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Philippa Collins

University of Bristol ( email )

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