February 01, 2017 Features

AI in HR: Civil Rights Implications of Employers’ Use of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data

By Matthew Scherer

Ever since the financial crisis and Great Recession shook the labor market, companies’ human resources (HR) departments have become a popular target for layoffs and budget cuts as businesses seek to control costs. Some companies have reduced HR staff by more than 50 percent or outsourced HR services altogether. It seems all but inevitable that the downward pressure on HR departments will soon collide with another unmistakable trend in corporate America—companies’ increasing use of artificial intelligence systems and “big data.”

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