On September 6, 2023, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, published a white paper addressing artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential benefits and risks in the workplace, as well as in the health care context, which we discuss here.
The whitepaper notes that employers are increasingly using AI to create efficiencies in employment processes such as recruiting, interviewing and hiring, managing, and promoting, with benefits such as the ability to make better employment decisions, enhance productivity, help businesses attract, hire, and retain employees from a range of backgrounds, and even enhance health and safety in the workplace. But the use of AI in the workplace can also have negative impacts when designed or used inappropriately, resulting in employment discrimination, diminished privacy, and job displacement. Despite these challenges, regulation of AI at the federal level is in “infant stages.” The paper requests stakeholders to provide feedback with insights on the advantages and drawbacks of AI in the workplace, to assist lawmakers in determining how to regulate AI and ensure it is responsibly deployed. Comments can be submitted to HELPGOP_AIComments@help.senate.gov by Friday, September 22.