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August 31, 2022

IFOW Newsletter August 2022 | The view from IFOW

Dear Friends of IFOW,

It's now less than two weeks until the Future of Work and Wellbeing Conference – the Institute's first all-day conference, which is taking place online and in-person on Monday 12 September 2022, from 09:00-17:00 BST, which we'd be delighted if you were able to attend.

The conference is being held at IET London: Savoy Place, and will feature a range of panel discussions, keynotes and a fireside chat with Nobel-prize winning economist, Professor Christopher Pissarides.

During the day we will explore the latest perspectives from research, policy and practice on how automation technologies are transforming work, society and the economy. Speakers include: Professor Anne Case (Princeton University), Matt Warman MP, Professor Daron Acemoglu (MIT Economics), Dr Rumman Chowdhury (Twitter), Jennifer Dixon (Health Foundation), Professor Richard Layard (LSE) and many more.

This is part of the Pissarides Review into the Future of Work and Wellbeing – a collaboration between the Institute for the Future of Work, Imperial College London and Warwick Business School, funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

The conference will be followed by a drinks reception, which you are welcome to join even if you can't make it for the day.In-person spaces are now nearly sold-out so make sure you're quick.

If you miss out on a ticket, you can join the waiting list and/or register to watch live online with thanks to

We hope you can make it!

Anna and the Institute for the Future of Work team

Deep dive – International regulations relevant to AI at work

Increasingly, governments are recognising the need for novel legislation to ensure the responsible deployment of AI in the workplace.

To benchmark UK activity, we are mapping and summarising international legislation that recognises the novel impacts of AI at the workplace. Our aim is to support research and policymaking by creating a comprehensive online resource.

Legislation currently mapped include:

  • Directive on Automated Decision-Making
  • Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act
  • American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA)
  • Workplace Technology Accountability Act
  • Algorithmic Accountability Act
  • Platform Work Directive
  • Artificial Intelligence Act (EU AI Act)
  • Internet Information Service Algorithmic Recommendation Management Provisions

The policy tracker has been compiled by Stephanie Sheir, IFOW’s researcher specialising in AI governance, and will be periodically updated. Please get in touch via if you think there is anything missing.

Related reading:

Interesting reads

Directly discriminatory algorithms
Jeremias Adams-Prassi and Reuben Binns, IFOW Senior Research Fellows and Aislinn Kelly-Lyth have written a paper challenging the analysis that the law's response to discriminatory bias in algorithmic systems is seen through the lens of indirect discrimination, and focusing on algorithmic systems' impact. In the article the authors illustrate how certain forms of algorithmic bias in frequently deployed algorithms might constitute direct discrimination, and explore the ramifications – both in practical terms, and the broader challenges automated decision-making systems pose to the conceptual apparatus of anti-discrimination law.

The Brussels Effect and Artificial Intelligence
Charlotte Stegmann and Markus Anderljung for the Centre for the Governance of AI investigate how the EU AI Act – what they describe as 'among the first, most stringent, and most comprehensive AI regulatory regimes of the world's major jurisdictions' – might influence the rest of the world.

Shaping artificial intelligence for your future business needs
Hetan Shah of the British Academy has written for CIPD on the opportunities and challenges artificial intelligence presents for organisations. In the piece, Shah explores some of the ways AI is affecting people management, for example, the use of AI in recruitment can make the process more efficient, but there is also a risk of replicating biases that might already exist in hiring strategies.

Increased monitoring and surveillance of workers is another way, Shah explains, that AI is changing the relationship with the workforce, and which he says will be a 'new frontier of regulation'. Read more about regulation emerging in this area in this post by Airlie Hilliard on the Californian Workplace Technology Accountability Act.

Displaced or depressed? The effect of working in automatable jobs on mental health
Sylvie Blasco, Julie Rochut and Benedicte Rouland have published a discussion paper that estimates from French individual survey data the effects of working in automatable jobs on mental health. Using propensity score matching, they find a substantial negative impact of having a job whose tasks could be (partially) displaced by machines and computers.

People powered technology: Collective agreements and digital management systems
The TUC has produced guidance for union officials and representative who would like to:

  • develop their understanding of digital management systems and the implications for workers
  • get ready to negotiate with an employer about the use of digital management systems
  • establish a collective agreement with provisions on digital management systems
  • put together union training programmes on the above.


Does the future of work undermine the democracy of the future?

14:00-15:00 CET | Wednesday 7 September 2022

The FES Competence Centre on the Future of Work hosts its third FES Tech Talk, which will focus on what needs to be done at a European level to prevent an undermining of democracy through digitalisation.

The Future of Work and Wellbeing Conference

09:00-17:00 BST | Monday 12 September 2022

As part of the Pissarides Review into the Future of Work and Wellbeing, we're delighted to be hosting a full-day conference to explore the latest perspectives from research, policy and practice on how automation technologies are transforming work, society and the economy.The conference is open for people to attend in person at the IET London: Savoy Place, and will be broadcast online with thanks to

Employment and Skills Convention 2022

09:15-17:30 BST | Tuesday 13 September 2022

The Learning and Work Institute host their annual Employment and Skills Convention, which brings together politicians, policymakers and practitioners from across the employment and skills sectors to explore the biggest labour market challenges of our time. The convention is being held in person at The Eastside Rooms in Birmingham.

The future of the UK economy

Belfast on 12 September and Swansea on 19 September

The Resolution Foundation is hosting regional events in Belfast and Swansea to discuss how the coming decade of economic change a success in Northern Ireland and Wales.

Enforcing EU labour law (and beyond)

Tuesday 27 – Wednesday 28 September 2022

The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) is celebrating 25 years since the first meeting of the Transitional Trade Union Rights (TTUR) Network with a conference on the topic of 'Enforcing EU labour law'.

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Anna Thomas MBE


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