Connecticut employers need to be ready for new social media law

by John Herrington

Connecticut employers need to prepare for a new law taking effect October 1 limiting how they can access social media accounts belonging to employees and applicants.

The new law prohibits an employer from:

  • Requesting or requiring employees or applicants to provide a username, password, or any other authentication means for accessing a personal online account;
  • Requesting or requiring employees or applicants to authenticate or access a personal online account in the presence of the employer;
  • Requiring employees or applicants to invite the employer or to accept an invitation from the employer to join a group affiliated with a personal online account;
  • Discharging, disciplining, discriminating against, retaliating against, or otherwise penalizing employees who refuse to provide the means to access a personal online account; or
  • Failing or refusing to hire applicants based on their refusal to provide access to a personal online account.

The law doesn’t prohibit an employer from requesting or requiring access to an online account or service provided by the employer for business purposes. Also, the law allows employers to fire, discipline, or penalize an employee who transfers proprietary, confidential, or financial information via a personal online account.

For more information on Connecticut’s new social media law, see the June issue of Connecticut Employment Law Letter.

John Herrington is an editor of Connecticut Employment Law Letter and an attorney with Carlton Fields Jorden Burt LLP in Hartford, Connecticut. He can be reached at

About Connecticut Employment Law Letter:
Excerpted from Connecticut Employment Law Letter, and written by attorneys at the law firm of Carlton Fields LLP. CONNECTICUT EMPLOYMENT LAW LETTER does not attempt to offer solutions to individual problems but rather seeks to provide information about current developments in Connecticut law. It is provided as a means of conveying accurate, but general, information. It is not intended as legal advice, which must always be tailored to individual needs and particular circumstances. Questions about individual problems should be addressed to the attorney of your choice. The State Bar of Connecticut does not designate attorneys as board certified in employment, and we do not claim certification in any listed area. Contact the attorneys at Carlton Fields LLP.
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