Global HR headlines: AI seen as a recruitment risk, Amazon plans ‘returnships’

EU legislation could soon regulate the use of AI in hiring, recruitment, and evaluation of candidates.

LinkedIn’s new recruitment initiative plans to take companies outside their traditional talent pool comfort zones, while Amazon has partnered with a non-profit to entice people back to the workforce.

AI hiring and recruiting seen as high risk
The European Union has proposed the regulation of the use of artificial intelligence, which could alter how companies recruit and hire workers for jobs across Europe.

Drafting the first legal framework on AI, the EU has determined that AI systems in hiring and recruiting are high risk, noted Amy Bird, an attorney with Clifford Chance in London, reports SHRM.

The EU's proposal may impact recruitment and selection systems, such as advertising for job vacancies, screening or filtering applications, and evaluating candidates with interviews and tests.

Where the best fit lies
LinkedIn's new skills-based hiring initiative aims to connect employers and job seekers by identifying the core skills for open roles and then matching qualified candidates to those roles based on their proficiencies, according to SHRM.

The Skills Path programme is a new way to use LinkedIn Recruiter, through which the company's learning courses and skills assessments match non-traditional candidates with job interviews. More than a dozen companies are already participating in the pilot programme, including BlackRock, Citrix, Gap Inc., Gusto, TaskRabbit and Wayfair.

"How we hire can be limiting," said Hari Srinivasan, LinkedIn's vice president of product. "Many recruiting processes depend on relevant experience or degrees to find candidates, but sometimes the person that's the best fit for the role is from a community an employer has never considered before."

Return of the workforce
Amazon has the launch of a "returnship" programme aimed at hiring individuals who either lost or left their jobs and have been out of the workforce for at least one year, including those displaced by the pandemic and its impacts, reports HR Dive.

The programme, launched in partnership with non-profit Path Forward, will provide a 16-week paid opportunity, covering organisational areas such as operations, finance and consumer payments, among others. Participants may work remotely during the period and will be provided with coaching and child and elder care assistance.

There is the possibility of full-time positions upon completion of the programme.

“Amazon expects that at least three out of every four participants in this programme will be women returning to the American workforce,” the company said in its announcement.