WEBINAR DETAILS
Date: 7 October 2021
Time: 6:00 PM UTC
Duration: 60 min
Language: English
Format: Online
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WEBINAR DESCRIPTION

Worldwide: Artificial Intelligence in Employment: Legal Risks and Regulatory Responses

The proliferation of artificial intelligence ("AI") has slowly fueled the technology's introduction into unprecedented areas. Indeed, large technology firms are now offering AI capable of assisting or altogether automating an employer's hiring, performance management, and disciplinary processes. As employers increasingly adopt this technology to screen resumes, analyze interviews, and issue disciplinary decisions, they are realizing considerable efficiency gains and saving valuable management resources.

While most employers may think of AI as a tool capable of objectively evaluating job applicants and employees, the technology is not immune from bias. As research has demonstrated, AI presents a risk of adopting any biases embedded in its code or that it detects in prior employment practices. A critical question then arises when this automated technology makes a decision that implicates employment laws. For example, if an employer utilizing AI learns that the tool refused to offer interviews to candidates based on a protected characteristic, such as gender, concerns may arise over any attendant liability. While most employment laws were written well before the advent of AI, legislators have already begun grappling with ways to regulate the technology to preserve employment protections. Likewise, courts will likely be asked to weigh in on whether existing employment laws may apply to the use of this technology. 

In our webinar, we will discuss AI, its risk of bias, legislative responses to the technology, and the impact of already-existing employment laws on AI use by employers.

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SPEAKERS
Joseph O'Keefe

Joe is an experienced trial lawyer who, for nearly 30 years, has litigated employment disputes of all types on behalf of employers, before federal and state courts, arbitral tribunals (e.g. FINRA and AAA), and state and federal administrative agencies throughout the U.S. Joe has litigated employment-related lawsuits alleging breach of non-compete agreements, theft of trade secrets, discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblowing, wage and hour violations, Title IX violations, breach of contract, defamation, fraud and other business-related torts. Joe’s practice includes representing clients in complex class and collective litigation. He frequently writes and speaks on employment-related developments in the law.

Anne Kinnane

Anne Kinnane is Boston Consulting Group’s Senior Employment Counsel for North America.  Prior to joining BCG in 2018, Anne held two separate in-house roles as a senior employment counsel.  Anne worked for Bank of America for 13 years, where she supported Merrill Lynch as well as other divisions of the Bank throughout the United States.  Anne left the Bank to become Vice President and Senior Employment Counsel for BJ's Wholesale Club in Massachusetts where she headed up the legal department's employment practices group for 6 years. 

Edward Young

Edward C. Young is an associate in the Labor & Employment Law Department and a member of the Firm’s Whistleblowing & Retaliation and the Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Groups.

He will be moderating this webinar.

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