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EEOC Looks at 'Big Data' Use

Magazine article HRMagazine

EEOC Looks at 'Big Data' Use

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Employers' growing use of analytics-sometimes referred to as "big data"-has the potential to improve individual and organizational performance, SHRM member Eric Dunleavy recently told the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Dunleavy, an industrial/organizational psychologist with experience in equal employment opportunity and affirmative action issues, spoke on SHRM's behalf at an EEOC meeting in October in Washington, D.C.

SHRM has identified advocating for the use of metrics, analysis and evidence in making HR decisions as a core competency for HR professionals, he noted.

"The question of whether employers can leverage contemporary big data for employment decision-making has been answered in the affirmative. Whether employers should do so, and how to go about it in their particular situation, are separate questions," said Dunleavy, director of the personnel selection and litigation support services group for DCI Consulting Group Inc. …

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