Don’t Be Scared of NYC’s New AI Bias Law on Recruitment Software!

by | Jul 10, 2023 | News

AI is far from new technology, and it’s a tool that has been leveraged in countless ways. From IBM’s Deep Blue beating chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997 to Apple introducing Siri in 2008, to content recommendation algorithms and GPT-4’s explosion onto the scene in the past year, AI has been deeply integrated into our daily lives for quite some time now. Now, as the technology becomes an inseparable part of the workforce, regulations are being explored to ensure that it does not replace human thinking. One such regulation is the new AI bias law being enforced in NYC by the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, which is expected to be the blueprint for recruitment AI regulation across the nation.

In this blog, we will provide an overview of this new regulation and its implications for employers, as well as address common concerns surrounding AI bias and provide reassurance that the law is a positive development for both job seekers and employers. 

What is this New Law?  

The new law in New York City regulates the use of Automated Employment Decision Tools (AEDTs) in the hiring process. This includes software and algorithms that use statistical analysis and machine learning to significantly influence or replace human decision-making in candidate selection.

Should Employers be Concerned? 

The implementation of this regulation should not scare employers away from using AI tools in their recruiting process. In fact, the law provides several benefits and safeguards that should instill confidence in utilizing AI technologies for hiring. Here are the reasons why employers shouldn’t be nervous: 

  • Most employers are already using AI in their daily lives in some form. Whether you’re on an ATS like Workday or an HRIS like Oracle HCM, chances are AI is already playing a vital role in your hiring practices. 
  • This regulation signals the increasing acceptance and integration of AI into everyday life. Employers who embrace AI technologies within the framework of this regulation position themselves as forward-thinking and committed to leveraging cutting-edge tools to drive their recruitment efforts. 
  • The regulation encourages employers to choose AI-powered tools that empower their TA teams rather than replace them. Instead of taking the people out of talent acquisition, the best AI tools simply help recruiters make more informed hiring decisions, faster.  
  • The regulation aims to create a fair and transparent environment that benefits both employers and candidates. By embracing this regulation and leveraging AI responsibly, employers can enhance their hiring processes, improve decision-making, and tap into the transformative potential of AI technology. 

Easy Compliance with MojoHire 

MojoHire is not a decision-making tool, it’s an efficiency tool. Our tool doesn’t take talent acquisition out of the hands of recruiters, but rather it frees them from tedious tasks and helps them focus on important activities like speaking with qualified candidates, working with hiring managers on long-term strategies, building strong candidate pipelines, and facilitating career growth — just to name a few. By instantly sifting through your entire candidate database to deliver top talent, your TA team can better prioritize their time and build stronger teams.  

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