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Pennsylvania: Bill on AI use in hiring process introduced to House of Representatives

House Bill No. 1729 to amend the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act was introduced, on September 29, 2023, to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and thereafter referred, on the same date, to the Committee on Labor and Industry.

The bill would require employers and employment agencies that use an automated employment decision tool to, among other things, notify applicants of the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the hiring process prior to an employment interview and obtain, prior to the interview, the individual's consent. In addition, the bill would subject automated employment decision tools to bias audits before they can be used. A summary of the results of the most recent bias audit would also need to be made available on the employer's or employment agency's website.

Looking at penalties, the bill would empower the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission to enforce civil penalties for violations, which shall not exceed $500 for a first violation and may range between $500 and $1,500 for each subsequent violation.

You can read the bill here and track its progress here.