Virginia’s new worker privacy law takes effect July 1

June 20, 2013 0 COMMENTS

by Stacey Rose Harris

A new state law in Virginia aimed at increasing worker privacy takes effect July 1. It bars employers from being required to disclose to third parties current and former employees’ personally identifiable information except under certain circumstances.

The law, House Bill 1931, says employers can’t be required to disclose the personally identifiable information unless compelled to do so by law under a court order, warrant, or subpoena.

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Employer access to personal social media accounts may soon be off-limits in New Hampshire

June 04, 2013 0 COMMENTS

by Jay Surdukowski
Sulloway & Hollis, P.L.L.C.

On Thursday, June 6, the New Hampshire Senate approved a bill to protect the privacy of employees’ social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. But Republicans tacked on an amendment that may doom the bill in the house.

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Washington state latest to pass social media privacy law

June 03, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Employers in Washington state should take note of a new law prohibiting them from requiring current or prospective employees to provide access to their social media accounts.

Washington is the eighth state to pass such a law, and the National Conference of State Legislatures says 33 states are considering similar bills this year. The federal government may soon follow suit. A bipartisan group of representatives recently introduced a similar bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Under the Washington state law, which goes into effect July 28, employers are prohibited from: read more…

U.S. Supreme Court to Address Privacy of Text Messages

December 14, 2009 0 COMMENTS

The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would hear arguments in a case involving sexually explicit text messages sent by employees using their employer-provided pagers. The issue for the court is whether the employer violated its employees’ privacy rights by reading the messages.

The case involved several police officers with the Ontario, California, SWAT unit. The Ontario Police Department had a general computer and Internet use policy that prohibited employees from using the department’s computers and Internet service for personal reasons and advised them that they had no expectation of privacy in their use of those items. Employees who received pagers were required to acknowledge the policy and were informed of a 25,000-character limit on text messages sent per moth.

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