Governor Murphy Announces New Jersey State’s Future of Work Task Force Roadmap and Recommendations Regarding the Impact of Technology on New Jersey Workers
“In a rapidly changing economy directly impacted by the development of new technologies, inequality and the challenges of the climate crisis, we have an important and urgent role to play in empowering our workers to succeed,” said Governor Murphy. “We must act now to address these challenges and take action to strengthen workers’ rights, including the right to organise; protect the health and safety of workers; and expanding opportunities for lifelong learning. I want to thank the task force and its chair, Beth Noveck, for their dedication and hard work in serving New Jersey’s workforce.
“From the start of the task force, we aspired to bring together and mobilize a diverse body of dedicated experts – not just to advise, but to take action,” said Beth Simone Noveck, New Jersey State Chief Innovation Officer and Task Force Chair. “The task force not only made recommendations, but took steps to measurably improve opportunities for New Jersey workers.”
The roadmap and recommendations highlight the policies and initiatives the task force has advanced since its formation, including the first $10 million Lifelong Learning Account pilot project for low-wage workers, the creation of the nation’s first Future of Work Accelerator to incubate 20 innovative technologies or services designed to help workers in New Jersey and nationwide, and the launch of the first transparency platform of the country’s training designed to help workers make more informed decisions about their lifelong learning.
The task force’s 19 recommendations encompass a wide range of policies, programs and technology solutions, focusing on core themes around health and safety, rights and benefits, and lifelong learning and development. of life.
- Create Lifelong Learning Accounts (accounts that help people invest in and access training opportunities) for all New Jerseyans, fund accounts for low-wage workers, and encourage and provide mechanisms for employers to match funds for lifelong learning.
- Further develop the State formation explorer to help workers make informed decisions about lifelong learning and training.
- Encourage all employers to invest in worker training, lifelong learning and re-employment, and create financial incentives for small and medium enterprises to do so.
- Support innovation and skills collaborations to align New Jersey’s education and workforce systems, and align individuals’ education with desired career paths and jobs in demand.
- Continue to expand low-cost access to degree programs (including access to community colleges), vocational and technical education, training, apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship.
- Fund and create better enforcement mechanisms to ensure employers’ compliance with workers’ rights and benefits laws, while integrating strategic enforcement mechanisms to proactively pursue violations using predictive analytics and making breaches public as a deterrent.
- Strengthen enforcement of existing state laws on misclassification of workers.
- Explore the creation of a portable benefits system to provide more benefits to non-traditional workers.
- Launch an employer education initiative on the risks of algorithmic hiring tools to prevent discrimination and promote diversity in hiring, and explore the potential need to develop a policy that would prohibit the use of discriminatory technologies in the workplace. ‘hiring.
- To fix and modernize the NJDOL Unemployment Insurance website.
- Create new online platforms to facilitate workers’ access to the benefits to which they are entitled.
- Advanced development of New Jersey Career Networka virtual coaching program to help workers know their rights, develop new skills and get back to work faster.
- Develop integrated and transparent data systems across agencies to promote better understanding of the labor market.
- Make it easier to start, maintain and grow businesses, and hire workers through the creation of a “Business one-stop shop” website.
- Promote and protect the right of workers to organize.
- Launch it Future of Work Accelerator to stimulate the creation of more innovative tools for safer work.
- Enable NJDOL to become a 21st century regulator with better access to data and tools so the agency can better enforce worker safety laws.
- Invest in entrepreneurial companies and non-profit organizations that promote worker safety.
- Train public servants to use human-centered design practices so that the government develops policies and solutions for workers with input from workers.
The full roadmap and recommendations of the Future of Work Task Force are available at: http://fowtf.innovation.nj.gov/