Working Now – The Future of Work

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Presenter: John Boon J.D., HKMK Law Canada

Most people must earn an income by working for others in the public or private sector or with their own business. Their personal and family survival, security and progress depend on it.

The knowledge economy, knowledge explosion, technology, social change and globalization have disrupted enterprises and industry sectors – and the world of work. Employment rates may look fine on the surface, but unemployment or under employment in many areas or demographic areas is high.

Predictions about future job losses due to artificial intelligence and other technologies or continued changes to domestic and international economies could scare anyone – those directly impacted and those responsible for governance and social, political and economic stability.

Concerns are warranted, but the end of the world is not imminent or inevitable. The predictions are often not that national wealth in developed countries will fall. The opposite is likely true. If wealth continues to increase or stays stable, lawmakers and private sector leaders must ensure everyone benefits.

The gap between rich and poor in developed countries and between more developed and less developed countries is not sustainable. If global issues like public health, poverty, climate change, human migrations, security, conflict and other problems are to be constructively addressed everyone must lean in – and have the opportunity to learn and contribute through their work or enterprise.

These training products address the integrated worlds of education, work, professions and enterprise and how protection of core legacy principles and intelligent innovation can blunt disruption.

Those on the right must realize that there will be a significant and perhaps growing state role. Those on the left must accept that this state role won’t always be one involving more laws and public services, redistributed income, more public servants and more private restrictions. Intelligent public and private actions and collaborations can lead domestic and global communities to a stable and better place.

  • What is a job? The commercial and contract realities of workplace relationships.
  • Employment and Independent Services – relationships, private contracts and public law regulation.
  • The tests that may distinguish employment from non-employment workplace relationships.
  • The duties of workplace parties and the law of hiring and firing – contract terminations.
  • Agents and Agency Law – how to structure contracts to utilize services while avoiding extreme or needless liabilities – distinctions between agents, distributors and franchise or licensing parties.
  • Workplace Players – shareholders, directors, managers, employees and external service providers.
  • Professions – restrictions on who can do certain work – false scarcity – affordability – how to limit needless gateways – service access and access to the right to provide services.
  • Right to Work – no constitutional rights – non-discrimination laws – civil right of freedom to contract.
  • Future of Education and Work – high demand for higher education – needless obstacles and scarcity – scarce jobs, but lots of work to do – freedom from mundane work – addressing social problems – financing needed work.
  • Gateways – removing obstacles in the way of learner, student and worker freedom and fulfillment – institution or program approvals and restrictions, admissions and restricted enrollment, assessments, professions and other status quo restrictions (often not risk justified) on who can do certain work.
  • Workplace Integrated Learning – how denials of contract realities impede development – needless gateways – limited placements and regulatory disincentives – false scarcity.