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Emerging tech HR should be aware of

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Contributed by: Kylie Dunn and Liz Blythe

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Published on: November 16, 2017


Keeping up with technology is a constant battle for today’s HR professionals and it’s one they simply can’t afford to lose. Now, in an effort to help, two top lawyers have offered insight into the biggest developments sitting on the near horizon.

“Industry-changing and value-enhancing technologies are continually transforming the way businesses operate and employee-facing technology and HR systems are no exception,” say Kylie Dunn and Liz Blythe, both lawyers with Russell McVeagh.

“In such a dynamic environment, employers need to be mindful of the legal and regulatory risks associated with the adoption of new technology.”

Dunn leads the firm’s employment practice while Blythe is a highly experienced lawyer across the technology and commerce sector – the pair recently joined forces to compile a list of the key technologies HR professionals and employers should keep an eye on.

“For many organisations, the use of the following technologies will become increasingly commonplace in the near future,” they tell HRD.

Core HR systems shifting to the cloud

Payroll, recruitment and record-keeping are shifting to cloud-based platforms.

HR analytical software tools

Analytical software is becoming more predictive, integrated and intuitive than ever before.

Augmented and virtual reality

Immersive employee-facing technology could transform field training and conferencing experiences

Mobile devices

Our phones are quickly becoming the employee's virtual assistant, with increasing integration and reach as the Internet of Things encompasses more and more network-connected devices than ever before.


Recently, companies in the USA and Europe have even begun to offer workers the opportunity to be microchipped. These chips allow participating employees to open office doors, shop at the workplace cafeteria, log into their computers and even use the office photocopier – essentially a super swipe card that can never be left at home.

Artificial intelligence software

In the recruitment sphere, some of the world's biggest names in financial services are reported to be testing the use of artificial intelligence software to score job applicants on desirable personality traits such as teamwork and integrity, which can't readily be established from a CV or interview.

This article first appeared on HRD online.

This article is intended only to provide a summary of the subject covered. It does not purport to be comprehensive or to provide legal advice. No person should act in reliance on any statement contained in this publication without first obtaining specific professional advice. If you require any advice or further information on the subject matter of this newsletter, please contact the partner/solicitor in the firm who normally advises you, or alternatively contact one of the partners listed below.

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