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The Future of Work is Here: US DOL’s AI Principles for Employers 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming workplaces, and the US Department of Labor (DOL) is taking a proactive approach. Their recently released “AI Principles for Developers and Employers” outlines a roadmap for harnessing AI’s benefits while protecting workers. Embracing the DOL’s AI Principles can help to ensure AI is used ethically and responsibly in the workplace.  

The DOL’s principles focus on eight key areas, emphasizing ethical development, transparency, and worker well-being. Here’s a glimpse into how these principles can impact your organization: 

  • Worker Input and Rights: Be prepared to involve workers (and potentially their representatives) in discussions about AI implementation. This could include how AI is used in performance evaluations, job assignments, or scheduling. 
  • Transparency and Responsible Data Use: Transparency in AI use is crucial. Employees should understand how AI is used and how their data is collected, stored, and utilized. 
  • Focus on Upskilling: AI may automate some tasks, but it can also create new opportunities. The DOL emphasizes supporting workers through transitions and providing upskilling opportunities. 

Next Steps 

While the DOL’s principles are not regulations, they offer a valuable framework for employers. Here are some steps you can take to get started: 

  • Familiarize yourself with the eight core principles; 
  • Assess your current and potential AI use cases;  
  • Create a clear plan outlining how AI will be introduced, used, and monitored within your organization; and 
  • Discuss your AI plans with employees and address any concerns they may have.

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