May 06, 2022

Gerald Hathaway Provides Insight to VentureBeat on How AI Regulations May Impact Employers

In an article titled “5 Employment Artificial Intelligence (AI) Regulations Takeaways for Technical Decision-makers,” VentureBeat turned to labor and employment partner and member of the firm’s AI-X team Gerald Hathaway for insight on how developments regarding AI regulations may impact employers.

The publication noted that some experts criticize the current bills and proposed legislation related to AI. Hathaway noted that companies using AI in hiring want to increase the speed of decision-making and remove the subjective human element, and he maintained that the New York City law is “onerous.”

“I believe the real purpose of the law is to stop employers from using AI,” he said. “The New York City requirement for annual bias testing is expensive, while the 10-day advance notice requirement defeats the need for speed.”

Concerns about bias are “really missing the point as to one of the main reasons AI is attractive to employers – to remove subjective bias from the hiring decisions,” he added.

Overall, Hathaway pointed out that organizations tend to have different views on how to tackle issues relating to AI regulations. “Some want to be out front on this, and others will take a ‘wait and see’ posture and look at how this all plays out,” he shared. “The latter companies may feel that there is no rush.”

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