Murphy signs order to create task force to study how tech innovation will impact N.J. jobs

Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order on Friday to establish the Future of Work Task Force, his administration announced.

The task force, which was previewed in Murphy’s Economic Development Strategic Plan last Monday, will study how technology innovation will impact the development of jobs in New Jersey.

The task force will be chaired by Dr. Beth Simone Noveck, New Jersey’s chief innovation officer.

“Building a stronger and fairer economy requires a laser focus on reclaiming New Jersey as the state of innovation,” Murphy said. “However, we must not lose sight of the profound impacts that technological change will have on our workforce and economy. The insights provided by our Future of Work Task Force will ensure that all New Jersey workers share in the prosperity that innovation can deliver.”

The task force will aim to protect New Jersey workers against technological shifts, Murphy said, including developing a policy roadmap to enable the state the prepare for the future of automation.

It will be made up of no more than 25 members who have relevant experience.

“As technology continues to evolve faster than ever, it is essential for government to prepare for the inevitable challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” Noveck said. “We must ensure that our citizens, businesses and institutions — as well as our policies, laws and regulations — are equipped to thrive in the 21st century and beyond. I am honored that Gov. Murphy has selected me to chair the Future of Work Task Force to lead the New Jersey government’s efforts to ensure that the future is stronger and fairer for all.”

The key questions the task force will focus on include:

  • Which technologies will impact work in New Jersey?
  • When might certain technological changes occur?
  • Which groups of residents will be most impacted by these shifts?
  • What can state government do to shape the future of New Jersey’s workforce?