The Institute for the Future of Work has responded to the Ministry of Justice’s proposal to reform the Human Rights Act and introduce a Modern Bill of Rights. We welcome the opportunity to contribute, but invite the Government for caution before impacts on work, workers and fundamental rights are fully assessed and factored in. This need is revealed by examining the impacts of AI and data-driven technology at work, as recent research from the Institute has highlighted.
We outline four key recommendations to help ensure that the Bill of Rights supports a strong Great Britain, capable of navigating new hazards at home, and standard-setting in AI and technology regulation and good work abroad:
1. A British Bill of Rights should incorporate and express the principles of the Institute for the Future of Work’s Good Work Charter.
2. Assessment of the impacts of new technologies on work and working lives will be necessary before proceeding with the proposal for a Bill of Rights.
3. New rights and positive obligations for people, public and private authorities are required to meet the challenges and opportunities posed by novel and emerging AI and algorithmic technologies.
4. The Ministry of Justice should work more closely with other Government departments to align policy and shape better outcomes for people and communities across the country.