Oklahoma joins states limiting social media access in hiring

May 23, 2014 0 COMMENTS

by Philip Bruce

Oklahoma has joined the ranks of states that limit employers’ ability to require access to applicants’ and employees’ social media accounts. Governor Mary Fallin signed the law on May 21, and it will go into effect on November 1, 2014.

The law prohibits almost all employers from requiring employees or prospective employees to provide user names, passwords, or access to their social media accounts. The law makes it illegal to take adverse action against employees or applicants for refusing to give access to their social media accounts.

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New Jersey social media privacy law takes effect December 1

October 31, 2013 0 COMMENTS

by David K. Reid

Employers need to be ready for New Jersey’s new social media privacy law, which takes effect December 1. The law prohibits employers from requiring applicants and employees to disclose their user names and passwords for personal social media accounts or otherwise provide access to their accounts.

The law doesn’t apply to an employee’s social media account that is used for business purposes. The new law allows employers to access employees’ or applicants’ social media pages that are shared publicly. Also, after receiving specific information, employers may investigate a violation of law, employee misconduct, or the unauthorized transfer of proprietary, confidential, or financial information via an employee’s personal social media account.

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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.

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Utah social media password law takes effect May 14

May 02, 2013 0 COMMENTS

by Darryl J. Lee

Utah’s Internet Employment Privacy Act (IEPA) goes into effect May 14, making Utah the latest state to prohibit employers from requiring employees or job applicants to disclose their passwords or user names for personal social media accounts. Similar legislation has been enacted in California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, and New Jersey.

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New California laws affecting employers take effect January 1

December 14, 2012 0 COMMENTS

by Jim Brown

California employers will have several new laws to deal with as of January 1, 2013. Of particular interest are measures affecting social media passwords, religious dress and grooming standards, and commission agreements.

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New Illinois law protects social networking passwords

August 02, 2012 0 COMMENTS

By Steve Brenneman

Illinois has joined a growing trend to protect workers from employers that want access to their Facebook or other social networking accounts. On August 1, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law an amendment to the Illinois Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act.

Under the law, which is effective January 1, 2013, it will be unlawful for any employer to request or require an employee or prospective employee to provide any password or other related account information to gain access to the employee’s/applicant’s account or profile on a social networking website. Similarly, the law bars employers from demanding access in any manner to such information.

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Maryland Passes Law Prohibiting Employers from Seeking Social Media Passwords

April 10, 2012 0 COMMENTS

by Kevin McCormick

Maryland has become the first state to enact password protection legislation designed to prohibit employers from requiring applicants and employees to disclose their personal passwords to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace.

The legislation was passed April 9 and is expected to be signed by Governor Martin O’Malley. If signed, it will take effect October 1.

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