Technology in Recruiting and Hiring: Hidden Legal Risks

Thursday 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Session Description

With the use of technology in recruiting and hiring, employers must be cognizant of legal risks that are not readily apparent. Digital hiring platforms and on demand digital interviews create potential claims of discrimination, not to mention the potential of disparate treatment and impact when facially neutral algorithms are used to screen candidates. Crowdsourcing raises wage and hour concerns under the FLSA. Automated background checks and use of social media raise privacy and FCRA concerns. Online interviews and applications invoke ADA accessibility issues. The globalization of the applicant pool may require an employer to address immigration problems. While using these technologies allows an employer to determine the best applicants, it is imperative that the employer understands and avoids the legal perils associated with these platforms.


Charles (Chad) E. Reis, IV

Chad Reis is a skilled trial lawyer and focuses his practice on employment law, representing employers in employment litigation before juries in state and federal courts and before state and federal administrative agencies. He has a broad range of employment trial experience, including claims involving discrimination, whistleblowing, and retaliation. Chad is a member of the Eighth Circuit Civil Jury Instruction Committee and the Employment Committee for National Retail Federation. Chad is a frequent speaker to human resource professionals and management lawyers, and has contributed as an author to authoritative employment law treatises.