Last week, The Verge covered a new system that can measure the hidden bias in otherwise secret algorithms. This system is very interesting, given that one of our biggest concerns about the use of big data is its potential to discriminate. If the new system works as researchers at Carnegie Mellon University predict, government agencies (like the EEOC) could use it to test employer algorithms for discriminatory results. The same day The Verge article was printed, Motherboard explained how discrimination has already been “baked” into artificial intelligence and machine learning.
- A North Dakota oil servicing company will pay $250,000 to settle race and national origin discrimination claims brought by the EEOC.
- Big Think discussed how the science behind unconscious bias was covered in a U.S. Supreme Court decision.
- Jon Hyman warned employers about the risk of eldercare discrimination claims.
- Bank of America filed a complaint seeking review of a Department of Labor Administrative Review Board decision that found the bank had intentionally discriminated against African Americans.
- Online retailer Everlane announced that it wants job applicants to Snapchat their job applications.
- Harvard Business Review explained that the use of predictive analytics in minor league baseball can teach us how to treat people better.
- The Guardian discussed how big data can predict team chemistry.
- Andrew Marritt wrote that predictive analytics is “probably less important” to human resources than some people think.
- Workforce advocated for human resources to gain more data analytics skills.
- Fast Company showcased a company that thrives under constant surveillance.
In other developments:
- College Recruiter asked how the new overtime regulations will affect interns and new college graduates.
- Minneapolis enacted a paid sick leave law that will require employers to provide one hour of sick leave for every 30 worked in 2017.
- The National Labor Relations Board requested a temporary restraining order against the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers after the union engaged in “coercive” and otherwise unlawful conduct.