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Beyond E-Discovery: The Ethical & Legal Use Of Machine Learning Technologies

In contemporary litigation, “machine learning” and “predictive analytics” are phrases that are typically used in the context of e-discovery. However, as these technologies grow and evolve, so too will their application and utility in employment decisions and legal proceedings. At Jackson Lewis, we are committed to remaining at the forefront of these technologies and their … Continue Reading

Can Employers Use Artificial Intelligence And Data Analytics To Track Remote Workers?

Notwithstanding federal, state, and local privacy and cybersecurity laws that may apply, employers may generally use artificial intelligence, data analytics, and other software and technologies to track remote workers. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in, if not required, the vast majority of businesses to adopt remote work and virtual workplaces as a means of operational … Continue Reading

New Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Software Launched By EEOC

On February 1, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) launched a new software system to receive and process Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and objections.  FOIA allows individuals the right to request access to federal government records. Individuals looking to make FOIA requests can now initiate the requests using the new software system.  … Continue Reading

Biden Appoints Jenny Yang as Director of Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

On January 21, 2021, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced via its leadership team webpage, that Jenny Yang, former EEOC Chair during the Obama administration, was selected as OFCCP Director. During Jenny Yang’s time with the EEOC, she was a supporter of the Component 2 section of the EEO-1 reports, which required … Continue Reading

New Deputy Chief Data Officer at EEOC Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics

On January 19, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that Kimberly S.L. Essary has been appointed as Deputy Chief Data Officer within the agency’s Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA). Essary’s appointment expands OEDA’s existing executive leadership, further illustrating the EEOC and OEDA’s mission to build a 21st century data and … Continue Reading

Agency Takes Step to Becoming ’21st Century Data and Analytics Organization’ with EEOC Explore

The launch of “EEOC Explore” is the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) latest step toward its vision to “build a 21st century data and analytics organization.” In December 2018, the EEOC created the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA). Since its inception, the OEDA has been working on modernizing EEO data availability. As … Continue Reading

Don’t Forget to Evaluate the Selections in Reductions in Force During COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the workplace in ways we could not have imagined just a few months ago. Indeed, the economic impact caused by the COVID-19-related shutdowns has prompted many employers to reevaluate how to conduct business and the number of employees they need. Consequently, many employers have been compelled to consider reductions in … Continue Reading

Analytics at Large: COVID-19 Data vs. HR Data — What’s the Difference?

By: Samantha Rhoads & Michael Cortes[1] The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on statistical terms often unfamiliar to anyone but such professionals as statisticians and data scientists. Terminology such as infection rates, “flattening the curve,” and related statistical information are now being used as slogans and hashtags. This post offers a brief explanation of … Continue Reading

EEOC Launches Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has established the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA) to “provide [their] customers timely, accurate, and bias-free data and information to prevent and remedy unlawful employment discrimination, and improve organizational performance.” EEOC Director and Chief Data Officer Samuel C. “Chris” Haffer leads the OEDA. This is an exciting … Continue Reading

I’m Legal Counsel To Our Diversity Office; What Do I Need To Know About Data Analytics?

As if you don’t have enough on your plate already. You just heard in the lunchroom that your Chief Diversity Officer is making a presentation to a trade group on the company’s workforce demographics. Should you care? An often-overlooked area of data analytics is in a company’s diversity office. I say “overlooked” because some diversity … Continue Reading

Worried About a Pay Gap in Your Organization? Taking Action May be Less Daunting Than you Think.

Pay equity between men and women – and among different races – has long been a concern for employers who want to ensure they are paying people according to job-related reasons, in compliance with anti-discrimination laws, and in a way that aligns with the organization’s practices and philosophies. In the midst of the #MeToo and … Continue Reading

Were Analytics the Real MVP of the Super Bowl?

As the Eagles readied to celebrate the franchise’s first Vince Lombardi trophy, an unlikely candidate basked in the glow of being declared the game’s Most Valuable Player. Surely it was Nick Foles who, on his way to upsetting one of the NFL’s elite franchises threw and caught a touchdown in the same big game, was … Continue Reading

Lawyers and Data Analytics?

Recently, we presented a program at a well-known analytics conference and set up an informational booth to meet attendees. Several attendees, most of whom were data scientists, approached our booth with inquisitive looks on their faces and asked, “Why is a law firm at an analytics conference?” Good question. We explained that Jackson Lewis, as … Continue Reading

Workplace Analytics: What Does the Law Say?

Hopefully by now you have recognized the benefits of workplace analytics and are becoming more comfortable understanding any associated risk. Does the law provide any guidance? As we discussed in a prior blog entry, some government agencies have issued reports, weighing in on the use of workplace analytics. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also held … Continue Reading
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