Technological innovation in the workplace should profit from expanding works council’s information rights

The best way to manage technological innovation in the workplace is to properly involve employees in the innovation process. In the Netherlands, one way to do this is through the works council (’ondernemingsraad’), which since 1998, for example, has had advisory rights on the introduction of new technology. But the main provisions in the Works Councils Act that oversee technological innovation do not function - at least in nursing home care - or hardly at all. That’s according to legal scholar Robbert Coenmans’ doctoral research, which he will defend at Tilburg University on May 31st, 2023. Coenmans makes several recommendations for making technological innovation succeed in the workplace.