The New York City Council passed a bill this month requiring companies that sell AI technologies for hiring to obtain audits assessing the potential of those products to discriminate against job candidates. The bill requiring "bias audits" passed with overwhelming support in a 38-4 vote.
The bill is intended to weed out the use of tools that enable already unlawful employment discrimination in New York City. If signed into law, it will require providers of automated employment decision tools to have those systems evaluated each year by an audit service and provide the results to companies using those systems.
The legislation calls on companies using such tools for recruitment to tell job candidates when they're being used and what information the technology is using to evaluate their suitability for a job. If signed, the law goes into effect January 2023.
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