Breakfast Seminar on Employment 4.0 Challenges and Limits to the Digitized Working World

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer
Bockenheimer Landstrasse 25

This breakfast seminar focuses on effectively managing the digital revolution's growing disruption of where and when work is performed in both the manufacturing and service sectors. Attorneys from Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer's Labor & Employment practice address the benefits and proper implementation of flexible time and place work arrangements for employees.

The world of labor and employment is rapidly changing due to rapidly developing digital technologies that impact how work needs to be divided and processes cross-linked. For manufacturers and service providers alike, this technological progress is both supplying and demanding increased flexibility from employer and employees when it comes to work locations and timeframes. From experts and executives to office clerks, flexibility has become a part of self-image of productivity as labor can now be performed from home or other off-site locations via virtual networks connected to employer databases. Companies even implement "bring your own device" (BYO) policies for their employees to work with their private hardware instead of providing firm owned phones and laptops. The tide is even increasing towards a preference for hiring freelancers (so-called crowd workers) instead of employing proper staff. These crowd workers deliver their services by using their own devices at their own desks and by organizing their time themselves.

The German Federal Ministry for Labor and Social Affairs has recently requested corporate representatives, universities, unions, and professional organizations, as well as citizens, to vitally participate in the discussion dealing with each and every aspect of this development to obtain a complex overview of the subject. In doing so, the legislative is trying to create an adequate legal basis for all participants in this development.

As this time and place disruption seems to be a win-win-situation—flexibility for the single worker, cost savings for the company—multiple and various business models are developing across companies. Proper legal implementation of such models is essential, and this seminar addresses legal methods by addressing the following questions:

  • Who is qualified as an employee—who is (already) an entrepreneur?
  • What are the specific consequences caused by this classification?
  • How can an employer design proper flexible working models (BYOD, orders to crowd workers)?
  • Does the works council have a co-determination right? If so, which circumstances apply?

The seminar is held for employer's representatives.

» Register by June 15, 2017 (German-language only). Please consider that we can confirm your participation in this seminar just after this registration deadline.

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