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The following information is from the completed 2021 event. Please check back in the fall for details on next year. 

Maine HR Convention: May 10 – 12, 2022


Workshop A: The Brave New World of AI

Friday, May 14th, 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Will it Change Your Thinking Forever?

Why you’ll want to participate in this session. Artificial Intelligence has been with us in the workplace for a while, but it does appear to be reaching a critical mass where it will significantly impact HR decision-makingvalues, and strategic risk management. Whether it will change the core of HR forever is an open question. Yes, there are new challenges on the technology, privacy, ethics, and compliance fronts. But, if HR contextualizes these challenges, uses their long-developed skills in finding and nurturing talent, and hones their systems for legal compliance, perhaps the impact will be less dramatic than feared. Beth Rattigan from Downs Rachlin Martin and Steve Sheinbergfrom the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) host this lively session to get thinking about this brave new world. Are we at the mercy of the programmers to ensure that AI-driven talent acquisition platforms don’t put us at risk for discrimination claims? In theory, AI could weed out a host of our unconscious biases, but that may not be the reality as some programming has been alleged to have a disproportionate impact on women and other groups. What are the challenges presented by voice and facial recognition? What are some of the implications for AI tracking the performance and quality of our work? Privacy? Concerted activity? Is the ADA implicated? Will California and EU style legislation and rulemaking seep into federal and other state employment law constructs? What about the connection to social media? It doesn’t take much of a connection to determine millions of people’s religion, politics, or sexual orientations.     

What’s it all about. 

  • Become an AI thought leader for your organization by studying trends in technology, strategic risk management, and the implications for your business and HR platforms.
  • Consider the potential challenges to your workplace culture and values presented by the proliferation of AI technology, particularly in your role as an ethical leader of your organization and potentially as the purchaser and implementer of these platforms. 
  • Understand how AI may be one of those cross-over links to consider when aligning your HR strategies with the overall direction and reputation of the organization.  

Approved for SHRM Credit and HRCI Business.
This is a recording from last fall’s Strategic HR conference.

Program Faculty: Beth Rattigan, Steve Sheinberg