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The Legal and Ethical Standards of New AI-Powered HR Systems

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 2 p.m. ET

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The new decade brings with it the immediate need for HR professionals to become informed and prepared for the critical role they will perform in successfully planning, developing, implementing and maintaining Artificial Intelligence-powered HR systems. By 2022, 78% of organizations will have adopted at least one AI-powered HR system with several more in development.

Facial Analysis will be an integral part of video interviewing; machine learning will exponentially lead the charge on applicant sourcing and screening, and natural language processing will play a key role in measuring employee engagement. Over 500 AI developers are already zeroed in on the HR marketplace.

In this webinar, Dr. Valerie Morignat and Garry Mathiason will share key steps for legal compliance and responsible use of AI by HR departments. The program will help organizations harness AI powers with preparedness, adopt best practices and foster trustworthiness of AI-powered systems.

Participants will get a chance to learn about:

  • How AI is becoming an essential part of HR powering an increasing number of functions.
  • The need for HR professionals to understand this transformation and become a part of its implementation. Failure to do so will likely lead to an obsolete HR department and threaten the entire organization.
  • Existing and anticipated legal and ethical standards for AI's responsible march into HR. Only recently has there been a growing understanding of the role of compliance in enabling the successful introduction of AI into HR systems and functions
  • The arrival of algorithmic bias class actions, AI privacy regulations and litigation, and legal requirements associated with initiating, developing and maintaining AI-powered HR systems.

This program offers practical, current, and essential information and critical thinking necessary for being successful in the new AI powered HR world!

HR and compliance professionals will learn about:

  • Changing demands on HR and the need to use AI-powered solutions as well as current examples of how far AI has reached into a panoply of HR functions from recruiting, interviewing, performance assessment, attrition, and even for a reduction in force.
  • Current legislation, regulations and case law governing the use of AI-powered HR functions and the core trends regarding future legislation and regulations.
  • Foundational steps for the safe, strategic and scalable adoption of AI in HR functions consistent with legal compliance requirements, technology, and applied ethics relevant to algorithmic processing.
  • Facial Recognition and Facial Analysis capabilities, potential, compliant use, and ethical risk management in the context of video interviewing and workforce management.
  • Sentiment Analysis and Emotion Analysis in Employee Advocacy programs and retention.
  • Diversity & Inclusion in AI and how they affect AI-powered systems for HR.
  • Fostering an AI-First corporate culture supportive of employee upskilling and trust in Human-AI collaboration.

Webinar speakers

Valerie Morignat

Dr. Valerie Morignat is the Founder and CEO of Intelligent Story – a consulting firm based in San Francisco specializing in AI Strategy, AI executive education, AI corporate culture, AI ethics, and AI forecasting research.

She is a certified AI and Machine Learning expert (MIT & MIT SLOAN) and consultant, a Keynote Speaker, and a serial award-winning photographer and designer.

In France, she has been a Tenured Associate Professor and a Researcher in virtual environments and design for 15+ years. While the CEO of Transmedia Consulting in New Caledonia (South Pacific), Dr. Morignat served as Government appointed Innovation Strategy Consultant of the President and the Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy. After spearheading digital innovation in the South Pacific, she moved to San Francisco where she has occupied positions such as Head of Interactive Innovation in healthcare marketing agencies and CIO in technology startups.

Dr Morignat founded Intelligent Story in San Francisco to help organizations drive value from AI with ethically aligned strategies and foster the AI-ready business culture needed to thrive in an AI-First world.

Garry Mathiason

Garry Mathiason is a senior partner with Littler, the largest global law firm exclusively devoted to labor and employment law representing employers. He originated and co-chairs the firm's Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Automation Practice Group, providing thought leadership and legal advice to employers deploying this technology in the workplace, as well as many of the leading AI and Robotics firms in the world.

His practice includes workplace law compliance and risk reduction advice for building, implementing, and monitoring AI and robotics systems, especially those supporting recruiting, talent assessment, and the full range of HR services. He routinely advises regarding technology-induced layoffs and transfers, employee skill requirements and retraining programs, robotics safety requirements, and privacy regulations, including biometrics and cybersecurity

Garry is widely recognized as a futurist, speaker, and one of the leading authorities on employment law trends in the US. He was selected as the second Kelly Distinguished Lecturer on Robots and Jobs for Georgia Tech's Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM) lecture series, which features preeminent scholars in fields of significance to robotics. He is a member of the board of editors of The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law.


Marijuana Challenges at Work: What Employers Need to Know

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 2 p.m. ET

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As states continue to loosen restrictions on marijuana use, employers find themselves in relatively uncharted territory when it comes to enforcing workplace drug policies. Some employers have begun to question whether it's worth the effort, and have gone so far as to abandon pre-employment or random testing for marijuana use.

To help you better understand the concerns and be fully prepared, employment attorney Peter Gillespie of Laner Muchin will provide insights and best practices in this free 60-minute webinar.

Even employers in states where marijuana remains illegal should understand the current laws across the country, as well as the distinction between permitting its use for medical reasons and recreational purposes. As states have moved towards legalization, employers throughout the US have grappled with complying with federal drug requirements applicable to the workplace, and whether there are effective ways to prevent workplace impairment.

This fast-moving webinar also will cover the types of claims employees are bringing in response to being disciplined for possible marijuana impairment in the workplace or "off duty" use, and whether employers must accommodate employees who claim to be using the drug for medical reasons.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the scope of "zero tolerance" policies, "reasonable accommodation" arguments, and the employer's right to prevent impairment in the workplace;
  • Gain awareness of the practical effectiveness of workplace drug testing polices; and
  • Learn about best practices involving pre-employment drug testing and other steps employers can take in response to legalized marijuana use.

Webinar speaker

Peter Gillespie

Peter Gillespie is a partner with the Chicago labor and employment law firm, Laner Muchin, Ltd. He represents and counsels management on a wide array of employment law-related issues, and provides employers with strategic advice to help meet their objectives while reducing potential litigation risks.

Peter handles litigation in both federal and state courts, as well as claims pending with state and federal administrative agencies including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the US Department of Labor, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, and the Illinois Department of Labor. He is the author of the Tenth Edition of the "Illinois Human Resources Manual," a contributor to the "Conducting the Employment Practices" manual, among other publications, and speaks frequently on issues affecting employers.

Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, Laner Muchin concentrates exclusively in the representation of employers in labor relations, employment litigation, employee benefits and business immigration.