Sen. Nelson Files Job-Protection Bill

Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson filed legislation Wednesday that his office says is intended to help millions of American workers who could find themselves out of job because of changing times.

These are the people Nelson's office says could lose their jobs as the economy continues to shift towards more automation thanks to continuous advances in new technology.

According to McKinsey Global Institute, up to one third of the American workforce could be replaced by automation by 2030. 

As more and more businesses choose to employ new technologies - such as driverless cars, warehouse robotics and self-checkout kiosks - instead of traditional American workers, analysts say tens of millions of jobs could soon be obsolete.

To help ensure American workers are not left behind, Nelson’s office says this legislation would create a tax incentive for companies that hire workers from fields most impacted by the shift to automation. 

The legislation would also provide additional tax savings to help lower the cost of education for workers who choose to learn new skills and pursue jobs in fields with a short supply of skilled labor.

Nelson said it was a matter of facing up to the fact of a changing world and the need to change with it.

He said something had to be done to create additional jobs and opportunities for potentially millions of hard-working people who could wake up one day and find their jobs are gone and never coming back.

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