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In this week’s show, we take a look at the legal implications of an intriguing trend in the field of human resources: the use of big data and people analytics. These tools can assist employers in analyzing large data sets to help with hiring, recruiting, measuring productivity, evaluating fitness for promotion, and more. Frank Morris, from Epstein Becker Green, has seen data analytics emerge as an increasingly important area of his practice:
The opportunity to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve decision-making is huge. The vast majority of U.S. employers consider people analytics important, and investors see the market potential. In recent years, billions of dollars have been invested in backing companies making applications that use this technology. But Deloitte’s HR Consulting branch reports that, as of early 2016, only 8 percent of companies were actually using predictive analytics. One reason that employers have been slow to deploy the technology is that it carries its own risks of legal exposure. Nathaniel Glasser, from Epstein Becker Green, recently collaborated with Frank Morris on an article looking at the legal implications of this technology. We asked him about the risks:
For more, watch the extended interview with Frank and Nathaniel and read their recent article, “Big Data, People Analytics and Employment Decisions: The Rewards and Often Overlooked Risks.”
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