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Artificial Intelligence in HR and recruitment, Heidi Watson from Clyde & Co

As we get ready for the Spinnaker Maritime People & Culture Conference next month, we ask Heidi Watson, Employment Partner at Clyde & Co to share her thoughts on AI in the HR sector, a topic she will be covering at this year’s event.

“Many employers rely on artificial intelligence to help in recruitment, management, and redundancy processes as it delivers huge efficiencies. However, a reliance on AI also exposes employers to discrimination and other legal risk. This is because AI tools are both created and typically ‘trained’ by humans to reach certain decisions, and so the technology is therefore inherently subject to human biases.”

“From a liability perspective, it is an employer’s responsibility to ensure its use of AI is compliant with the law. Therefore, employers cannot escape liability by claiming to be unaware of the algorithm or blaming it for any issues that arise. Fundamentally, the use of AI raises concerns around fairness, transparency and accountability, particularly when considering the context in which those tools are used and the impact they have on both those individually affected and society at large. The presentation will help employers to understand the risks with using AI, outline the steps that they can take to address those risks and mitigate the possibility of legal, reputational, and financial exposure.”

You can follow Heidi on LinkedIn and meet her at this year’s Maritime People & Culture Conference on the 11th & 12th May in London.

Members of the Maritime HR Association are eligible for a free delegate space at the conference and can get in touch with the Spinnaker team to reserve a ticket, [email protected]

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For any other enquiries, including further information on sponsorship packages for the event, please contact us via email at [email protected] or by phone on +44 (0)1702 481 643.

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