How much can metaverse influence labor law? Here is the question we all want to answer!
Working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in front of a desk, flanked by so many identical ones, will (probably) be a memory in a few years, as the favorite series work at the turn of the last century is about to be. . . We have just entered the 1920s and it is clear that the organization and work patterns are changing.
With a plethora of opportunities, it’s no surprise that many believe the metaverse will be next. “next big thing“in the business world and that there will be a great evolution of the internet associated with a set of technology, often called web 3which includes currency crypto, the blockchainvirtual reality, immersive technology, among others.
The changes brought about by technology in recent decades are undeniable. Although welcome, the changes raise questions about the true impact of the work. In the face of these challenges, the state of the art requires the reflection of certain reflections that cannot be missed in a brief but serious approach to the metaverse:
1. The first ones have already appeared complaint of sexual harassment in the metaverse!
It is therefore important that employers define in advance “disciplinary policies” as to possible “misconduct” in the metaverse – so that these (and other) potential situations of breach of work duties should be analyzed from the point of view labor law and, where. adapted, treated appropriately and proportionately.
two. Workers become “exposed.” merchandising in the metaverse, which will probably lead to buying products for them and their avatars.
In this context – and assuming that currency cryptocurrencies will be used for this purpose – is it possible that, once and for all, we will cease to be lyrical and start a serious discussion about the payment of digital currency remuneration? Hot topic, we know that (!), But we think it deserves thoughtful reflection from everyone involved.
3. The introduction of a metaverse workspace can enable employers to train talent around the world and reinforce an organization’s cultural diversity.
However, before checking for workers in the metaverse who may not be physically in the employer’s country, they should consider a variety of issues, including taxation, social security, and the implications of immigration.
4. Workers from different countries live “side by side” in the same environment, which begs the question: what about disputes, where should they be resolved?
What will be the competent forum for resolving labor disputes in the metaverse?
Can the parties choose the applicable law (controversial hypothesis)?
Will it be, at some point, possible to resolve it in the metaverse itself, creating virtual courts even in this environment?
5. In addition to the “worker-avatar”, how will the health protection of the “human person” who controls him, who is required to use the virtual reality equipment for hours on end, be ensured?
It does not seem that, from the point of view of the prevention of occupational hazards, one should forget about the implications that the metaverse could have on the health of workers. For the time being, we cannot rule out possible psychosocial risks (hitherto unknown …) as a result of the worker’s prolonged exposure to a parallel virtual reality.
As you can see, the questions are, in fact, very different in nature. This means that, once again, it is up to the doctrine and jurisprudence to take responsibility and to be protagonists and pioneers in the treatment of these issues which constitute a real challenge to the legal framework governing our labor relations. .
Until then, legal innovation and creativity will be needed to live together and fill the “meta-gaps” of metaverse work!
As they say, the future is right around the corner and, in this case, it raises many questions. For now, these should lead mainly to reflection. The answers should be left for later, since futurology is not always good advice.
So, bottom line is that we’re really looking forward to the next few chapters. “a lot of water will always run under the bridge“Regardless of the direction taken, this will certainly not be the last time we write about the subject.
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