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Posted November 18th, 2016 in Top Stories, Events

Webinar: Machine Learning and Big Data Analytics for Hiring

Mark Girouard, employment attorney and shareholder at Nilan Johnson Lewis, and Eric Sydell, vice president of Research and Innovation at Shaker, will present the complimentary webinar, “Machine Leaning Pitfalls and the Perils of Big Data Hiring Analytics,” on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.


Increasingly, today’s employers rely on big data solutions—from resume screens to social media search tools—to source, recruit, and hire employees. While big data has the potential to reduce recruiting costs and streamline hiring, these tools also present a host of legal and other business risks. For example, a seemingly neutral algorithm could actually create or perpetuate discrimination based on protected characteristics. Before implementing these tools, employers need to understand how big data impacts the candidate selection process and how to recognize hidden risks that may exist.

In this complimentary webinar, Girouard and Sydell will explore how big data is changing the pre-employment selection landscape. Through their discussion, they will examine the risks and explain how traditional assessment validation methods can be used to enhance the legal defensibility of these tools. Sydell and Girouard will also discuss job analysis and related techniques that can improve return on investment and reduce legal risk. Session attendees will learn what questions to ask big data vendors, how to sort the science from the snake-oil, and ways to ensure that risks are being managed, while also gaining insights into future hiring trends.


In-house and outside employment counsel, HR professionals, recruiters, hiring managers and business leaders interested in understanding more about the challenges and opportunities of using big data analytics for hiring.


December 13, 2016 | 1 p.m. EST, 12 p.m. CST, 11 a.m. MST, 10 a.m. PST


Click here to register for the webinar

Can’t attend?

If you cannot attend, email Laura Toledo to receive a link to the recorded webinar after the event.

About Nilan Johnson Lewis
Founded in 1996, Nilan Johnson Lewis ( has built a practice grounded in excellence and value. Through its Total Partnership approach to client relationships, Nilan Johnson Lewis delivers exceptional results for its clients’ businesses. The firm focuses on five areas of law: labor and employment, product liability/mass tort litigation, health care, commercial litigation, and corporate and transactional services. The firm’s labor and employment group has significant experience counseling employers on their use of pre-employment assessments, criminal background checks, and other talent-selection tools, including defending them in government investigations and litigation arising out of their hiring practices.

About Shaker
Shaker’s Virtual Job Tryout® (VJT) technology enables recruiters to combine the best of predictive analytics and human judgment. Recruiters identify best-fit candidates with more precision, increase new-hire retention and improve quality of hire. VJT technology delivers pre-employment assessments as day-in-the-life experiences that educate and engage while obtaining a work sample that predicts job fit and competencies critical for success. VJT technology is available in Standard and Enterprise (custom) configurations. It has been deployed in most industries for entry-level to mid-management positions. More information can be found at

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