ROADMAP AND RECOMMENDATIONS
FROM THE NEW JERSEY STATE FUTURE OF WORK TASK FORCE
Appointed by Governor Murphy in 2019, the Future of Work Task Force was established to evaluate how technological
advancements will shape the future of New Jersey’s economy and workforce, and produce an evidence-based policy
roadmap to prepare the state for the future of work. This Roadmap and Recommendations highlights 19 core
recommendations that underscore the State’s need to invest in policies, platforms, and programs that respond to
both the challenges and the opportunities technology creates to foster worker rights, worker safety and lifelong
learning. Many of the Roadmap’s recommendations have already been implemented.
SUMMARY OF STRATEGIES AND RECOMMENDATIONS
The State should invest in policies, platforms, and programs that respond to both the challenges that technology imposes on workers and the workplace, and the positive opportunities technology creates.
The Task Force’s recommendations focus on three core areas:
- INVEST IN WORKERS: Support lifelong learning and skill building to make workers resilient to the
changes technology will bring.
- EMPOWER WORKERS: Innovate to safeguard, enforce, and deliver worker rights and benefits.
- PROTECT WORKERS: Use new technology to protect worker health and safety.
INVESTING IN WORKERS: Support lifelong learning and skill building to make workers resilient to the
changes technology will bring.
- Create Lifelong Learning Accounts for all New Jerseyans and fund the accounts of low-wage workers, and
encourage and provide mechanisms for employers to match funds for lifelong learning.
- Further develop the State’s Training Explorer to help workers make informed decisions about lifelong learning
- Encourage all employers to invest in worker training, lifelong learning, and reemployment and create financial
incentives for small and medium-sized employers.
- Support innovation and skills collaboratives and other ongoing initiatives to align New Jersey’s education
and workforce systems, and align individuals’ education with their desired career pathways.
- Continue to expand low-cost opportunities to access degree programs (including access to community colleges),
career and technical education, and training, apprenticeships, and pre-apprenticeships.
EMPOWERING WORKERS: Innovate to safeguard, enforce, and deliver worker rights and benefits.
- Fund and create better enforcement mechanisms to ensure employer compliance with workers rights and benefits
- Integrate strategic enforcement mechanisms to proactively pursue violations using predictive analytics and
publicize violations to serve as a deterrent.
- Strengthen enforcement of the State’s existing laws on misclassification of workers.
- Explore the creation of a Portable Benefits System to provide more benefits to nontraditional workers.
- Launch an employer education initiative on the risks of algorithmic hiring tools to prevent discrimination and
promote diversity in hiring, and explore the potential need to develop policy that would prohibit the use of
discriminatory technology in hiring.
- Fix and modernize the NJDOL Unemployment Insurance website.
- Create new platforms to make it easier for workers to obtain the benefits to which they are entitled.
- Advance development of the New Jersey Career Network, a virtual coaching program to help workers know their
rights, develop new skills, and get back to work faster.
- Develop integrated and transparent data systems across agencies to promote better understanding of the labor
- Make it easier for businesses to start, maintain, and grow, and hire workers through the creation of a
One Stop” website.
- Promote and protect workers' right to organize.
PROTECTING WORKERS: Use new technology to protect worker health and safety
- Launch the Future of Work Accelerator to spur the creation of more innovative tools for safer work.
- Empower NJDOL to become a 21st-century regulator with better access to data and tools so the agency can better
enforce worker safety laws.
- Invest in entrepreneurial businesses and nonprofits that promote worker safety.
- Train public servants to use human-centered design practices so that the government develops worker policies and
solutions with the input of workers.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF WORK TASK FORCE