New Jersey is taking steps to ensure that Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology used in hiring processes does not discriminate against certain groups of people. A new law proposed by the state would require companies to audit their AI-based hiring software for potential bias.
The bill, which was introduced last week by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker and Senator Linda Greenstein, seeks to protect job seekers from discrimination based on race, gender, age or other protected characteristics. The legislation also requires employers who use AI-based hiring software to conduct regular audits of the system’s performance and accuracy. If any discrepancies are found between how different groups of applicants are treated during the selection process, employers must take corrective action within 30 days or face a fine up to $10,000 per violation.
This proposed law comes at a time when many businesses have begun using AI-based systems for recruitment purposes due to its ability to quickly sort through large volumes of applications and identify qualified candidates more efficiently than traditional methods. However, these systems can be prone to bias if they are not properly monitored and regulated; this could lead some individuals being unfairly excluded from consideration simply because they belong to a particular group or demographic.
In addition to requiring employers who use AI-based recruiting tools perform regular audits for potential bias in their selection process, the proposed New Jersey law also calls for increased transparency regarding how such technologies work and what data sets they rely upon when making decisions about applicants’ qualifications. This will help ensure that job seekers understand why they were chosen—or not chosen—for certain positions so that any potential issues with fairness can be addressed promptly before it becomes an issue down the line.
The bill has already been met with support from civil rights organizations like ACLU New Jersey as well as tech industry leaders such as Microsoft President Brad Smith who believe this type of regulation is necessary in order “to make sure our technology works fairly across all communities.” It remains unclear whether Governor Phil Murphy will sign off on this proposal but regardless it serves as an important reminder that we need better oversight over how algorithms are used in decision making processes if we want them remain fair and equitable for everyone involved in today’s increasingly automated world .