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Congress grapples with complexities of “Future of Work”.

Jan 30, 2020 4:01:56 PM

The U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Future of Work Caucus is working to devise plans to address concerns emerging from the rapidly change nature of how work is conducted. The agenda of this 19-member committee includes the rights of gig workers, the impact of automation such as robotics and artificial intelligence in replacing traditional jobs, and the possible disruptions and opportunities presented by technology in the U.S. economy.

The Caucus is considering ways to create effective skills programs, promote growth within emerging industries, and help workers access good paying jobs. It provides a discussion forum to educate members, congressional staff, and the public about the challenges and opportunities that come with changes in the workplace.

The U.S. spends approximately 0.1% of its GDP on workforce development programs, as compared to 0.6% invested by peer industrial nations. Over the past forty years, the level of federal investment in workforce development has reduced by two-thirds while the labor force has grown by 50%.

The caucus will initially define the technologies, sectors and jobs included in the Future of Work category. It will then develop plans for worker retraining programs, a system of portable benefits, and approaches to analyze emerging industries without hindering growth. The caucus intends to work closely with other congressional committees considering related legislation but has not committed to submitting legislation.

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